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Australia Cancer conwoman admits stealing thousands from family

15:52  09 july  2018
15:52  09 july  2018 Source:   9news.com.au

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A woman who faked cancer to defraud family and friends of more than $300,000 has pleaded guilty in an Adelaide court.

In a plea bargain with prosecutors, Port Adelaide woman Kelly Val Smith admitted to four counts of deception and one of dishonest dealing with documents.

Kelly Val Smith admitted she faked cancer to swindle money from her loved ones. (Supplied) © Supplied Kelly Val Smith admitted she faked cancer to swindle money from her loved ones. (Supplied)

The 39-year-old mother-of-three, who was due to stand trial in weeks, admitted swindling the money from loved ones between 2012 and 2015 to help pay for cancer treatment - a disease she never had.

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She pleaded not guilty to 36 fraud offences last June, but changed her mind after the remaining charges were dropped.

Outside the District Court, Ms Smith's step-mother-in-law, who was defrauded of nearly $200,000, said it had torn the family apart.

"It's been a huge impact and whilst we're relieved that she's pleaded guilty to the charges that were outlaid this morning, the damage that it's done to our family during this time, I don't know if it's repairable," Michelle Ingley-Smith said.

a group of people on a city street: ‘Fake cancer con-woman’ Kelly Smith has pleaded guilty to stealing from her own family with false cancer claims. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd ‘Fake cancer con-woman’ Kelly Smith has pleaded guilty to stealing from her own family with false cancer claims.

"We haven't had contact with our grandchildren, the relationship between my husband and his son is really strained.

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National. Local. Cancer conwoman admits stealing thousands from family . A woman who faked cancer to defraud family and friends of more than 0,000 has pleaded guilty in an Adelaide court.

a person posing for the camera: Ms Smith's step-mother-in-law and victim, Michelle Ingley-Smith, was emotional as she spoke outside court. (AAP) © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Ms Smith's step-mother-in-law and victim, Michelle Ingley-Smith, was emotional as she spoke outside court. (AAP)

"I don't know how we work our way through that even after all of this."

The court also heard Ms Smith told family she was due to receive a large Victims of Crime compensation payment, which she would then use to repay Ms Ingley-Smith and other victims.

Ms Smith will face court again in September.

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Cancer Australia estimates the disease will kill 48,586 people in Australia in 2018. The agency also predicts as many as 138,321 people will be diagnosed with some form of cancer this year.

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