A cancer ambassador and former Australian of the Year nominee has been charged with fraud after allegedly faking an illness and pocketing more than $12,000 in donations.
Police will allege Amanda Power fraudulently became a Cancer Council Queensland ambassador and travelled at the charity’s expense to attend multiple events.
One of them was reportedly a trip to the United States where she gave inspirational talks.
It will also be alleged Ms Power, 32, received about $12,980 from a fundraising page, as well as free services.
“Police will allege that between 2014 and 2019, the woman received approximately $12,980 from the fundraising page and also obtained funds directly from people in the community who donated money and free services believing she had cancer,” police said in a statement,
“Police will also allege she fraudulently became an ambassador for a charity and was provided with free national and international travel to attend summits and speaking engagements.”
Ms Power, from Deeragun, has been charged with nine counts of fraud and will face Townsville Magistrates Court on October 28.
Anyone who helped or donated to Ms Power is urged to contact police.
“Investigators believe several more people may have donated to the fundraising page, as well as directly to the woman, and would like to speak to anyone with information,” police said.
Cancer Council Queensland has declined to comment on the case but said anyone with concerns could contact them.
It has previously been reported that Ms Power was diagnosed as a 20-year-old with uterine and ovarian cancers.