Former Hockeyroo player Kate Hubble claimed to be too sick for work, collecting a $73,000 salary at a cancer charity for more than two years.
But as The Sydney Morning Herald reports, Hubble pretended to be terminally ill with cancer and has pleaded guilty to defrauding the charity in Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court.
The 32-year-old athlete pleaded guilty to four charges of making and using false documents to obtain a financial benefit on Monday.
The statement of facts details how Hubble allegedly forged medical certificates and letters from oncologists and doctors that supported her cancer diagnosis.
As The West Australian reports, Hubble was working for charity Redkite at the time, which provides support to those suffering from cancer.
In 2015, the athlete allegedly told her Perth Redkite colleagues that she had had terminal cancer and only had a few months to live.
Her wage was paid by a benefactor of the charity whose daughter had died of cancer.
A Redkite spokesperson said the charity had helped NSW Police with enquiries.
"Redkite has provided every assistance to the NSW Police in investigating this matter," the charity said in a statement.
"Our focus, as always, remains with the continual delivery of our essential support to children and young people with cancer and their families."
Hubble will be sentenced on Friday.