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Belle Gibson raid: How warrant lets cancer faker hold onto most of her assets

Fraudster Belle Gibson will STILL be able to keep her trendy house, clothing, TV, furniture and ‘even her car’ – as she’s seen for the first time since raid over $500k debt

  • Belle Gibson was spotted in public for the first time since her home was raided 
  • Sheriff’s officers are seizing and selling her possessions to recoup $500k debt 
  • But the terms of the warrant on her home means she won’t lose too much 
  • Fraudster, 28, has adopted a new guise as an ‘Ethiopian’ named ‘Sobantu’  

Belle Gibson will still be able to hold onto her house, her clothing, TV, furniture, washing machine and possibly even her car, despite authorities ‘seizing her assets’. 

The cancer faker, 28, showed her face in public on Thursday for the first time since authorities turned up at the front door of her semi in Melbourne’s north last week. 

Despite the Victorian sheriff going from room to room to list up her belongings, sell them off and recoup her $500,000 debt, the con artist won’t say goodbye to much. 

Daily Mail Australia can reveal the warrant executed on Gibson allows her to keep household goods which keep her living at a level of ‘basic comfort’. 

First sight: Belle Gibson was spotted in public for the first time on Thursday … but there was no sign of a headscarf, despite her apparent Islamic conversion

Despite the raid and her role in the Ethiopian community being exposed, po-faced Gibson may have something to smile about

The sheriff's seizure of her items will allow her to still live in a level of 'basic comfort', a Victorian Legal Aid fact sheet says

Despite the raid and her role in the Ethiopian community being exposed, po-faced Gibson may have something to smile about – given the raid on her home will allow her to live at a level of ‘basic comfort’

A Victorian Legal Aid document said such items include ‘your fridge, television, washing machine, basic furniture and clothing’. 

While the sheriff can claim ‘unsecured, valuable things you own outright… for example, your car’, it’s not clear who owns the Skoda sedan she drives. 

Both Gibson and her ‘housemate’ Clive Rothwell, have been seen driving the white car – and the sheriff can’t seize his goods.  

But since the sheriff visited, Gibson has been banned from selling off any of her items and have a full year to take what they like.  

To an outsider, it seems unlikely that the value of the disgraced wellness advocate’s possessions would come anywhere near the amount of her $500,000 debt.  

A Consumer Affairs Victoria spokeswoman could not disclose how the agency will enforce the fine against her if that is the case. 

‘CAV 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.’  

Whether Gibson or her housemate, Clive Rothwell, own their white Skoda Octavia sedan may determine whether she keeps it or not. She will not be leaving her pleasant Melbourne semi

Whether Gibson or her housemate, Clive Rothwell, own their white Skoda Octavia sedan may determine whether she keeps it or not. She will not be leaving her pleasant Melbourne semi

Before the warrant: Belle Gibson wore a fashionable black coat and a $200 dress to court last year

Gibson was dressed simply in a cardigan, skirt and shoes on Thursday

Before the warrant… and after: Belle Gibson wore a fashionable black coat and a $200 dress to court last year… but was dressed simply today

WHAT BELLE GIBSON CAN KEEP  

The Victorian Sheriff is will allow Gibson to continue to keep items that keep her in ‘basic comfort’. 

Gibson could keep household goods including her fridge, television, washing machine, basic furniture (presumably including a table and chairs) and clothing. 

Her car will not be seized if she is not the official owner, or if it is her primary form of transport and is worth less than $7600. 

Source: Victorian Legal Aid, via Consumer Affairs Victoria 

WHAT BELLE GIBSON WILL LOSE 

The Victorian Sheriff can seize ‘any non-secured, valuable items’ to sell them off. 

A Legal Aid face sheet said, under the terms of Gibsons’ warrant, a sheriff can attend a person’s home to take their goods, or just make a list. 

Once the sheriff has listed the goods, they can’t be sold off or disposed of.   

The items are then sold off at auction afterwards, although Gibson could stop the sale by negotiating to pay.  

Source: Victorian Legal Aid, via Consumer Affairs Victoria 

Gibson has failed to pay the fine since she was found guilty of misleading and deceptive conduct in September 2017. 

She had fraudulently claimed to have made donations to charity from the profits of her Whole Pantry business.

New look: The conwoman recently surfaced at a community meeting of Melbourne's Ethiopian Oromo diaspora, calling herself 'Sobantu' and wearing a headscarf

New look: The conwoman recently surfaced at a community meeting of Melbourne’s Ethiopian Oromo diaspora, calling herself ‘Sobantu’ and wearing a headscarf

The business was a success in large part because of her extraordinary claims she had cured her brain cancer with healthy eating. 

Daily Mail Australia last week revealed Gibson has declared herself an adopted member of Ethiopia’s Oromo community. 

She has referred to herself by the name ‘Sobantu’ on several occasions and has prayed at Melbourne’s Preston Mosque.  

Sources have claimed the mosque may consider banning Gibson from attending in the future. 



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