Consumer Affairs Victoria, Australia, and possibly Victoria Police are said to be investigating Belle Gibson, the creator of popular iOS, and #apple Watch default app The Whole Pantry. Authorities are looking into allegations of charity fraud, and that she deceived the public by faking stories about having cancer for financial gain.
Gibson, 28, built the app based on her personal blog, where she told a story that she had survived a terminal brain tumor when she was younger through healthy living. Through the blog and the app, Gibson claims to have helped countless people dump conventional medicine to treat illnesses including cancer.
The app became a decent success, with over 300,000 downloads on Apple’s app store (notably there’s only a paid version), and it was voted the best food and drink app of 2013.
Gibson’s success with the app led to a book deal with Penguin, along with widespread publicity, particularly in Australia, where she became a popular speaker on health issues.
But the best lies often come undone when you add to them, with Gibson claiming in 2014 that she was now suffering cancer of the liver, uterus, spleen and blood; in an interview Monday Gibson now claims that she had been “misdiagnosed.”
Gibson maintained that she had previously beaten terminal brain tumor, but that story appears to be full of holes as well; various reports quote former friends stating that in 2009, during the time she claims to have been told she had 4 months to live, she was never ill. Doctor’s also note rightly that you can’t cure terminal cancer through healthy living and lifestyle.