Woman faked cancer and pocketed $55k by sharing hospital photos with shaved head to raise money on GoFundMe
27-year-old Lucy Wieland from Douglas, Townsville, was granted bail after she went to the Townsville Magistrates Court on October 18 on charges of fraud
A woman in Queensland has been charged with raising money using fraudulent methods on a fundraising page after she claimed that the funds would be spent on treating her 'terminal cancer'.
The 27-year-old woman, identified as Lucy Wieland from Douglas, Townsville, was granted bail after she went to the Townsville Magistrates Court on October 18 on fraud charges. Wieland also allegedly gained $55,000 dollars by fraudulently claiming on the fundraising site that the money would be used to treat her stage five ovarian cancer.
The Daily Mail reported that Detective Inspector Chris Lawson said the woman was arrested because a member of the public informed detectives about the fraud.
The detective told reporters: "It's always very concerning when people use the emotions of others to try and obtain money for themselves. It's disheartening. The real victims here are the (people) in the community who have heard the stories (and) have tried to assist as best they can... and given the money across in the honest belief that they are trying to help."
Detective Lawson also said that authorities were investigating what happened to the money after it was alleged that the woman did not, in fact, suffer from cancer of any kind. The GoFundMe page that she had set up and raised the money is not active anymore. The site also said that the page has been disabled.
Investigators are keen to speak with anyone who may have donated to the page and are actively urging people to come forward. Wieland is scheduled to reappear in court on December 13 for a committal hearing.