Former Cricket NSW development officer Melissa Quinn, who raised $45,000 after falsely claimed she had cancer, has been sentenced to two years’ jail.
However, at a hearing today she was granted conditional bail pending an appeal.
Quinn, 34, pleaded guilty to fraud offences earlier this year.
In 2014, the mother-of-four told friends and family she had been diagnosed with inoperable tumours in her brain and leg and had two years to live.
She claimed the only treatment available was proton therapy, for which she would need to travel to the United States.
In January 2016, Quinn told then employer Cricket NSW she had been diagnosed with cancer for a second time.
She claimed she had chronic myeloid leukaemia and that she would not be undergoing chemotherapy.
Quinn raised about $45,000 from her local community of Casino, on the NSW north coast.
Quinn played for NSW’s under-19s team before putting a promising career on hold when she became a mother.
Today, she was sentenced to two years’ jail for fraud, with a non-parole period of nine months and a three-year good behaviour bond.
Magistrate David Heilpern said: “It was all false, it was all a lie.”
“[In] fact she didn’t have cancer, she used the money for a holiday,” he said.
“The level of dishonestly is simply mind boggling.
“The motivation for the crime was greed, not need.”
Earlier, Mr Heilpern said: “Whether you call it a breach of trust or ripping off the community, there’s really no difference.”
“People were giving their money to what they thought was a good cause, and it wasn’t,” Mr Heilpern said.
Harm to community ‘extreme’
Police prosecutor Senior Sergeant Greg Huxtable said Quinn “manipulated the whole community”.
“In this case, I would say the harm done to the community is extreme,” Sergeant Huxtable said.
“She has preyed upon the generosity of human nature.”
Defence barrister Simon Priestley told the court Quinn received threats and her children have been harassed.
“She has a mental health condition brought about by a terrible childhood,” Mr Priestly said.
“Significant abuse was suffered at the ages of eight and 11.”