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Sheriff raids Belle Gibson’s Northcote house to recoup $500,000 fine

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Gibson appeared in the Federal Court last year, where her expenses were put under the spotlight as she claimed she was penniless and unable to pay the fine.

At the hearings, Gibson was questioned about what she had spent on clothes, a holiday to East Africa and cryptocurrency investments.

She told the court the rent of her Northcote home was $600 per week.

The court heard Gibson had a $28,000 credit card debt with the ANZ Bank and earned $15,000 and $20,000 in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

But a barrister for Consumer Affairs Victoria said an analysis found that between 2017 and 2019 she spent $91,000, including $13,000 on clothing, accessories and cosmetics, and $45,000 on “discretionary” spending. Gibson did not accept those figures.

Belle Gibson's Northcote house.

Belle Gibson’s Northcote house.Credit:Chris Hopkins

She told the court that a man named Clive Rothwell — who she claimed was not her partner but lived in the Northcote home with her and her son — helped pay for things like energy bills, a gardener, legal costs and rent.

Gibson also said that Mr Rothwell paid for a trip she took with her son to East Africa, which cost $5000. He gave her $2000 in cash to pay for the accommodation, she said.

When asked, Gibson said she could not say what Mr Rothwell did for a living. She also did not know his income, saying “that’s not my business”.

“Consumer Affairs Victoria is committed to recovering the debt Ms Gibson owes the Victorian public and will continue to pursue Ms Gibson until it is repaid in full,” a Consumer Affairs Victoria spokesperson said.

Consumer Affairs Victoria applied for the warrant after Gibson’s appearance in the witness box in the Federal Court in May 2019.

The items seized by the sheriff will later be sold.

The fake wellness guru was fined in 2017 for breaching consumer laws by misleading and deceiving people after she accumulated $420,000 through her cookbook The Whole Pantry and an app, in which she falsely claimed her brain cancer was cured through alternative therapies and nutrition.

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It was later revealed she never had cancer.

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