A former Hockeyroo who used forged medical certificates as part of a claim she had cancer has been fined more than $2600 and given a good behaviour bond.
Kathryn Hubble, 33, worked for the cancer charity Redkite in June and July this year when she gave them medical certificates claiming she was undergoing immunotherapy, may faint at work, and would have to work from home each time she was treated.
She was paid about $1300 in sick leave after giving the certificates.
When the charity’s HR department began to investigate the documents Hubble had given, they contacted the Sydney-based doctors named and both said they had never heard of her.
Hubble pleaded guilty in October to four charges of making and using false documents to obtain a financial benefit.
Appearing in Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday, Hubble’s lawyer Michael Bellingham continued to claim his client has been diagnosed with cancer and submitted several testimonials to the court to say Hubble had undergone chemotherapy.
However, he did not provide any supporting medical evidence, saying an oncologist was “not in a position to write a report today”.
Magistrate Greg Grogin said the case was “most unusual” and labelled Hubble’s actions “deplorable”.
“There is absolutely no medical evidence whatsoever before the court that Ms Hubble has been, is being, or will be diagnosed with any cancer-related illness,” Magistrate Grogin said.
“I don’t know whether to treat Ms Hubble as a long-term liar or a person who deserves sympathy because she is suffering from cancer. I have no evidence. What I do have is evidence she did lie in relation to the falsification and production of false medical certificates.
“What that has done, it has taken money out of an organisation which is a charity, a charity which is there to help people.
“All I can say is the behaviour is deplorable. It doesn’t matter if it was for $1000 or $10, if the money was meant to go to people who need it, Ms Hubble, you should be thoroughly ashamed of yourself.”
Magistrate Grogin sentenced Hubble to a fine for each of the four offences, totalling $2620, plus two good behaviour bonds of one year each.
Mr Bellingham said Hubble was diagnosed with cancer in 2015, but the court heard there are ongoing “police matters” in Western relating to medical certificates forged in the same year.
“That’s subject to a charge now,” the police prosecutor said.
Hubble showed no emotion when she was sentenced and remained silent as she left court with her lawyer.