Belle Gibson has been taken to court over allegations she orchestrated a charity fundraising scam, as authorities close in on the disgraced social media entrepreneur.
In the first major development since Fairfax Media revealed she withheld thousands of dollars raised for charity, Ms Gibson is facing legal action brought by Victoria’s consumer watchdog, which has stepped up its probe into her finances.
Revelations in March that The Whole Pantry founder had lied about donating money raised for charity immediately sparked questions about the story of cancer survival she used to build her business, which she now admits was a sham.
The 23-year-old is being investigated for fundraising fraud and allegations of misleading and deceptive conduct.
On Thursday, Consumer Affairs Victoria appeared in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court to demand Ms Gibson answer questions about her health and provide proof she made the charitable donations.
Magistrate Michael Smith granted Ms Gibson a one week extension, until July 9, to answer CAV’s questions.