Woman Who Faked Brain Cancer Jailed For Just Nine Months
Mother-of-four, Melissa Irene Quinn has been sentenced to at least nine months in prison after faking cancer and then ripping off sporting organisations and charities.
Quinn scammed around $45,000 after claiming she had ovarian cancer and chronic myeloid leukaemia.
In 2014, she told her local newspaper in northern NSW, The Northern Star, that she had inoperable brain cancer and had around two years to live.
'I had cancer two-and-a-half years ago in the uterus, so it wasn't a huge surprise that it's come back,'
'But I am still overwhelmed and scared.'
She claimed she could only be treated in the US with proton therapy before eventually swindling $45,000 from the local community.
Quinn even fooled former Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke into donating a signed shirt for a fundraiser.
In Casino Local Court, magistrate David Heilpern sentenced her to two years behind bars with a non-parole period of nine months after observing her motivation was 'greed, not need'.
'It was all false, it was all a lie,'
'(In) fact she didn't have cancer, she used the money for a holiday. The level of dishonesty is simply mind-boggling.'
After sentencing, Quinn was granted bail pending an appeal. Her appeal has been listed for hearing at Lismore Local Court on July 24.