Melissa Quinn (pictured), a NSW mother-of-four, faked having cancer in a bid to scam $45,000
A mother-of-four who faked having cancer in a bid to scam $45,000 for her bogus treatment was only caught after co-workers noticed something unusual in an email.
Former New South Wales cricket development officer Melissa Quinn claimed to have ‘inoperable’ brain cancer, ovarian cancer and chronic myeloid leukaemia between 2014 and 2016.
The 35-year-old’s scam finally came to an end after colleagues noticed a doctor’s certificate she had submitted had been sent from a Gmail account, according to 9News.
Her co-workers confronted Quinn and reported the matter to police after the doctor confirmed he had not written the email.
When recently confronted by A Current Affair, the mother-of-four declined to comment or apologise for the scam, claiming she was not allowed to comment.
The former New South Wales cricket development officer (pictured) claimed to have ‘inoperable’ brain cancer, ovarian cancer and chronic myeloid leukaemia between 2014 and 2016
Quinn actively posted her social media with updates on her treatment
Quinn, who once played for the NSW women’s under-19 team, allegedly fooled the local cricket community, even prompting former Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke to donate to her cause.
She was arrested and charged with dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception, making false document to obtain financial advantage, and using the false document for financial advantage.
In April, Quinn pleaded guilty to raising $45,000 in donations and was granted conditional bail.
The New South Wales mother is due to be sentenced over fraud offences in June, the ABC reported.
During her web of deceit, Quinn told her local paper, The Northern Star, she had only two years left to live.
The 35-year-old’s (pictured) scam finally came to an end after colleagues noticed a doctor’s certificate had been sent from a Gmail account
In April, Quinn (pictured) pleaded guilty to raising $45,000 in donations and was granted conditional bail
Quinn (pictured) claimed she only had 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,’ she said in 2014.
In 2016, Quinn claimed to the same news outlet she had a tumour growing in her leg and that she was having surgery for it.
‘It’s a bit of a tough time for me at the moment and I’m just looking forward to getting back on my feet,’ she said at the time.
Quinn alleged she needed to raise $20,000 for eight weeks of airfares, clinical fees and everyday expenses for a medical trip to California.
She said she was chosen as one of only 10 Australians to receive government-funded proton therapy overseas at the staggering cost of $200,000 per patient.
Quinn travelled to the U.S. in December of 2014 allegedly using the money raised for her cancer.
She posted on Facebook regularly while overseas, updating her supporters on her treatments and fake encounters with nurses.
Her cancer journey was widely publicised in Australian media and was even a feature story on ABC’s 7.30.