Cancer fighter Belle Gibson has once again arrived at the Federal Court in Melbourne amid claims that she has secretly started a new business.
Gibson has been brought to answer questions about her failure to pay a $ 410,000 fine for scamming Australians who fell for her lies.
It is amid speculation from technical insiders that Gibson has established a new digital agency specializing in web design and online marketing.
Gibson has been seen as enjoying Gelato on trendy Smith Street, in Collingwood, not far from where she lives with her wealthy benefactor, and IT consultant Clive Rothwell.
Cancer faker Belle Gibson arrives at the federal court in Melbourne on Tuesday morning to explain why she has paid no more than $ 410,000 to Australians she cheated on
Her journey to court comes from speculations from technical insiders that Gibson has set up a new digital agency specializing in web design and online marketing.
Gibson apparently seemed to be hanging on a tech show where experts gave lectures on new ways of doing business.
Gibson apparently showed a lot of interest in Voice UX – a technology that allows interaction between people and devices.
Her appearance did not go unnoticed by the IT crowd.
& # 39; She was worried about it, & # 39; said the souce. & # 39; She claimed to have a desk, & # 39; said a source.
Gibson did not mention the operation of companies before the federal court.
During a hearing in May, Gibson had to explain how much the clothes on her back were worth and who she took in a humiliating interrogation.
She claimed that she had earned some money through the online job search app & # 39; Airtasker & # 39 ;.
The fake wellness guru was called last month to appear in the federal court on Tuesday to investigate her financial affairs after her non-compliance
But she had not had any other paid work, except Airtasker, since her scam job had expired.
It was known that Gibson had reportedly been gambling in the areas of online gambling, cryptocurrency and stock futures, while she had not paid her debts for duping Australians.
Gibson said she didn't get any help from her family, she claimed.
Her only income comes from government benefits, she said.
& # 39; I am not receiving any income from cryptocurrency & # 39 ;, she said.
Gibson said she didn't even have a car and would occasionally use Mr. Rothwell's car and pay him fuel costs as required.
& # 39; Sometimes maybe $ 20, sometimes maybe $ 100 a month, & # 39; she said.
She said she spends around $ 100 on food per week and also contributes to half of her energy bill.
The fake wellness guru was summoned to appear in the Federal Court for investigation of her financial affairs after her non-compliance.
She has already been warned that she will be imprisoned for not paying the fine imposed on her by the federal court Debra Mortimer in 2017 for five breaches of consumer legislation.
Gibson, who heard the court, received $ 75,000 for an interview on the Channel 9 60 Minutes program, participated Tuesday in the federal court in Melbourne, where she was grilled by consumer barrister Victoria Elle Nikou-Madalin on her failure to pay her well.
She asked Gibson which & # 39; labels & # 39; she bore, who saw an objection raised by Gibson's lawyer.
Nikou-Madalin said that Gibson often items on & # 39; After Pay & # 39; and wanted to clarify what she had spent on fashion.
& # 39; It could be revealing, it could lead nowhere, & # 39; she said. & # 39; My client has the right to test that claim (that she cannot pay her bills). & # 39;
Gibson said she couldn't remember when she bought her black coat, but her dress – estimated at around $ 200 – in the last week and bought her shoes about five years ago.
& # 39; I recently bought the stockings that I wear, & she said.
Gibson said she only & # 39; modest & # 39; would wear clothing.
But she said she was still dining in restaurants and attending movies, but couldn't tell how much she had spent a week.
She said she would spend about $ 300 a year on medical expenses and that she was covered by health insurance for dental expenses.
However, she revealed that she suffered from back pain that required some treatment.
She didn't spend any money on & # 39; mental health & # 39 ;, she claimed.
But Gibson told her to keep her garden tidy.
& # 39; There is a requirement to maintain a garden – it was a request on behalf of the agent & she said.
The couple paid for a gardener – about $ 150 a doll – twice a year in cash, Gibson said.
Gibson took the box in the midst of allegations that she had not fully accounted for her expenses in the last two years, or fully explained an international trip to Singapore.
The consumer watchdog has asked Gibson to be fully accountable for where exactly it went and what it costs.
Gibson said she did not believe that her investments in cryptocurrency were an investment or an asset, so they gave no details about them.
She said she had the information & # 39; irrelevant & # 39; found in her predicament and therefore gave no documentation on this.
How it happened
October 1991: Belle Gibson is born
May 2009: Gibson claims to have undergone several interventions in her heart and to die temporarily at the operating table
July 2009: Gibson claims that a doctor diagnosed her with terminal brain cancer and that she only had four months to live.
Early 2013: she launches an Instagram account (@healing_belle) and an associated website to share healthy, full-fledged recipes.
Mid 2013: Gibson publishes an app with her recipes
Mid 2014: Gibson starts working with Apple on the development of an Apple Watch-specific platform for the Whole Food Pantry
November 12, 2014: Cosmopolitan honors Gibson with a Fun, Fearless, Female award in the social media category.
March 8, 2015: The Age publishes an inquiry into Gibson's claims about giving gifts to charities.
April 2015: Women & # 39; s Weekly publishes an interview with Gibson in which she declares that & # 39; is not true & & # 39 ;.
May 6, 2015: Victoria & # 39; s consumer watchdog launches legal proceedings against Gibson's false claims of beating cancer through a full-fledged diet.
The court heard that Consumer Affairs Victoria still needed many financial documents from Gibson.
The scammer claimed that she and her son had booked a return flight to Singapore from Melbourne, which was a stop-over on the next flight.
Gibson claimed that she had no further documentation about the full extent of the trip.
& # 39; I'd say I didn't destroy it & # 39 ;, she said. & # 39; They have been thrown out. & # 39;
Gibson said she rented in Elwood before moving to Northcote in 2015.
Gibson, who was suggested by Daily Mail Australia last month, said she is now paying the rent to her Northcote home monthly, which is largely paid by her & # 39; friend & # 39; Clive Rothwell.
& # 39; The rental agreement has expired, & # 39; she said. & # 39; I contribute if I can … it varies. & # 39;
Gibson said that she would like to pay half of her rent, but that she often could not pay the bill.
& # 39; I don't know exactly how much I owe him, & # 39; she said. & # 39; There is no record as such. & # 39;
Gibson said that Mr. Rothwell paid the bills for the goodness of his heart, and that she was not romantically involved with him.
Gibson claimed she did not know what Mr. Rothwell did for a living or what he earned.
& # 39; It's not my business, & # 39; she said.
In happier times: Belle Gibson accepts its 2014 Social Media Star of the Year award at the Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Female Awards. Gibson intended to cure himself of cancer with false claims about healthy living
At her previous hearing, Gibson was overheard and stated that the interest in her case & # 39; sad & # 39; used to be.
& # 39; I regret that the media has been reduced to covering stories like these, that they should cover more important things, & # 39; she said.
Inside, her lawyer Andrew Tregardh told the court that he hoped the case could be settled today.
& # 39; My client has no unlimited means to pay lawyers to assist her in this endeavor, "he said. & # 39; She can't afford to come back. & # 39;
Belle Gibson was a favorite on social media and often contacted Facebook and Instagram to cheer it up.
Gibson has provided the court with a folder of bank statements in response to a summons by the court.
Barristers who acted for the consumer watchdog, however, said they would not agree to have the case closed without reading all the materials supplied.
& # 39; Of course my friend would say there is nothing to say here, & # 39; said Nikou-Madalin.
In February, Gibson came under fire after allegedly spending $ 15,000 on a luxury African safari instead of paying her fine.
Gibson was spotted by reporters at Melbourne Airport after a five-week trip to East Africa with her fiancé Clive Rothwell and nine-year-old son Oliver.
She said in court that Mr. Rothwell had her thousands of dollars & # 39; gifted & # 39; to pay for the trip.
Gibson had claimed that she had brain cancer and cured herself with natural remedies, including diet and alternative therapies.
She also lied to well-meaning consumers that she would donate money from her Whole Pantry app and books to various charities, including a boy with non-operable brain cancer.
She was only 21 in 2013 when she launched her Whole Pantry mobile app, reportedly downloaded 200,000 times in the first month.
Apple went so far as to offer that the app would become a standard pre-installed recording on the Apple Watch. It was even included in promotional material.
Although Gibson received $ 440,500 from the sale of her app and book, she only donated around $ 10,000 to charity.
Judge Mortimer warned Gibson in November that failure to pay the fine would make her liable for prison sentences, seizures of property or other penalties.
The judge shamelessly described the fraudster as a & # 39; relentless obsession with himself & # 39; when she handed over her sentence in September 2017.
Judge Mortimer said that Gibson was not only trying to plead sympathy for her own claimed cancer, but promoted herself as generous and selfless so that people would buy her products.
The judge said that her failure to apologize or attend one of her court sessions demonstrated how she placed her own interests above those of others.
Belle Gibson & # 39; s Whole Pantry app was heavily promoted by Apple. The app was dumped when the truth about Gibson's lies became public. Gibson had tried to convince Australians that she had beaten cancer with her healthy diet
Nikou-Madalin said Consumer Affairs Victoria hopes that forensic accountants can investigate Gibson's documents before the case comes back to court.
& # 39; I understand that Gibson may not want to see the media anymore, but that interest comes second, & # 39; said Nikou Madalin.
But Mr. Tregardh said it was & # 39; outrageous & # 39; was to postpone the case and that Gibson would look for costs if it were postponed.
He claimed that the consumer watchdog Gibson could have requested paperwork – about two years of bank statements – at any time.
But Nikou-Madalin said that Gibson was hardly helpful during the trial.
& # 39; We didn't know before shaking what she was going to produce today, if not. & # 39;
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