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Amanda Power: Ambassador Gunn charged with fraud for alleged lies about illness

The cancer ambassador and former Australian of the Year nominee has been charged with fraud for allegedly pocketing more than $12,000 in donations by faking illness.

Police allege Amanda Power fraudulently became a Cancer Council Queensland ambassador and attended multiple events at the expense of charity.

One of them was reportedly a trip to the United States where she gave an inspirational speech.

Power, 32, also allegedly received about $12,980 and free services from the fundraising page.

“Police said that between 2014 and 2019, the woman received approximately $12,980 from a fundraising page, as well as direct funds from people in the community who believed she had cancer and donated money and free services. We claim to have,” police said in a statement.

“Police also allege that she was fraudulently made an ambassador for a charity and was offered free domestic and international travel to attend summits and lectures.”

Power, from Deeragun, has been charged with nine counts of fraud and is scheduled to appear in Townsville Magistrate’s Court on October 28.

Anyone who has supported or donated to Ms Power is urged to contact the police.

“Investigators believe a few more may have donated to the fundraising page or directly to the woman, and would like to speak to anyone with information,” police said.

The Queensland Cancer Council declined to comment on the matter but said anyone with concerns could be contacted.

It was previously reported that Power was diagnosed with uterine and ovarian cancer at the age of 20.

Amanda Power: Ambassador Gunn charged with fraud for alleged lies about illness

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