Accused GoFundMe cancer fraudster ‘betrayed by ex’
A WOMAN who allegedly faked cancer to raise $55,000 says she is confused by the whole ordeal, and feels "heartbroken and betrayed" by her ex-boyfriend.
Townsville's Lucy Wieland, 27, was charged with fraud after documenting her battle with terminal ovarian cancer that she allegedly never had and raised $55,000 on GoFundMe.
Wieland extensively blogged on her illness, managed an Instagram account and even joined and contributed to online ovarian cancer support groups.
"I don't know what the hell has happened to me over the last 10 months," she said. "I have no answers for myself, let alone anyone else."
In response to news that ex-partner Bradley Congerton, who has since cut all ties with her, was "completely heartbroken … betrayed", she said: "To be perfectly honest I'm feeling pretty heartbroken and betrayed too.
"I've got scars and holes in me that I don't know how I got, memories of him taking me to appointments that never existed … a criminal charge for something he organised and I had zero access to and the guy has completely cut me. I'm not accusing him of anything but what the f*** has happened? I thought I was dying."
Wieland said if anyone could explain what has happened "it would be him".
Police have not charged Mr Congerton and don't believe he was aware of her alleged lies. The Sunday Mail does not suggest otherwise.
People who know the couple praised Mr Congerton as an "amazing human" who fell prey to Wieland's alleged faking. One said Mr Congerton "had nothing to do with any of this".
"Her partner is an amazing human who will do anything for anyone and he did and gave absolutely everything for her," she said.
After her arrest last month, family and friends took to social media to express their shock.
"My brother had properly accepted her fate and funeral plans were already set in place … we were all just waiting for it to happen," said an aunt, speaking of Wieland's father. "No one saw this coming."