MORE sources have come forward to discredit alleged drug smuggler Cassie Sainsbury, claiming she told them she had cancer and her mother was dead, all to gain financial advantage.
Friends have alleged that Ms Sainsbury told her former boyfriend that she had cancer and that he helped to pay for what he thought were expensive medical bills, The Daily Telegraph reports.
Meanwhile, more workers from the Sydney sex industry have backed up claims that Ms Sainsbury lied about her mother dying.
"She told some of the other girls her mother was no longer alive and me that she had been diagnosed with cancer; she broke my heart," brothel madam at Penrith's Club 220, Pamela Feranchi, told The Daily Telegraph.
She said Ms Sainsbury was depressed about working in the sex industry, and was considered "tubby" and unpopular.
A sex worker told Channel Nine on Sunday that Ms Sainsbury worked as a fly-in, fly-out prostitute in the western Sydney brothel, where she was allegedly known as Claudia. Now, several employees have told Nine News that she also worked with them at a second brothel in the city.
"She was there for a few months, similar sort of deal, fly-in, fly-out," the unnamed worker told Nine News.
"That's what made us twig. It's exactly the same story that we heard about the sick mother and all that sort of thing."
Co-workers at both brothels say Ms Sainsbury told them her mother had died of multiple sclerosis. Ms Sainsbury's mother Lisa Evans and sister Khala flew to Bogota last week to visit her in prison as part of an exclusive TV deal with 60 Minutes, reportedly asking for $1 million to tell their story.
Another co-worker told Channel Nine that she felt "very, very betrayed" by Ms Sainsbury, especially considering that she had given some of her own money out of sympathy for her plight.
"The fact that she just made up this whole lie about her mum being in hospital and took money from other girls who are doing this job for their own reasons, or for their children and she happily took that money for something that she didn't need it for that was a complete lie," she told 60 Minutes.
"Yeah, that's really hurtful and upsetting.
"I did like her. Now I think maybe she's a compulsive liar and a scammer and conniving."
These are not the first people to allege that Ms Sainsbury has stretched the truth.
A former inmate of El Buen Pastor women's prison in Bogota, where Ms Sainsbury is detained, accused her of exaggerating about the tough conditions inside.
A fired-up Doris Patricia Garcia Rojas approached news.com.au outside the jail in Colombia last week and rejected the South Australian's story that other inmates had been pushing her around and were abusing her.
"Cassandra is a liar ... The foreigners are untouchables; they get very good treatment," Ms Garcia Rojas said.
Ms Sainsbury's fiance, Scott Broadbridge, said she told him she had travelled to Colombia on a working holiday with a cleaning company owned by her uncle, Neil Sainsbury.
But an incredulous Mr Sainsbury, a former military policeman, categorically denied employing his niece, telling Channel 7's Sunday Night program he'd never owned a business in his life.
"I believe Cassie has a bit of a history of skipping from one place to the next when things get a bit tough," Mr Sainsbury said.
"I just don't honestly believe that she was naive. I think, perhaps she may have had knowledge of what she was doing. Complete knowledge."
Ms Sainsbury was found with 5.8 kilograms of cocaine inside her suitcase on April 12 when she tried to fly out of Colombia at Bogota's El Dorado Airport.
She initially claimed that she had no idea the drugs, found in 18 headphone cases, were inside her bag.
But she changed her story in documents tendered to a Sydney court in an effort to stop Channel 7 from airing an interview with Mr Broadbridge.
She now claims that she was forced to act as a drug mule by an international drugs syndicate, which "threatened her life and the life of her family if she did not comply with their demands".
Ms Sainsbury is now alone in Bogota after her loved ones left the city.
Both Mr Broadbridge and mother Lisa Evans and sister Khala Sainsbury visited Ms Sainsbury for a second time behind bars before flying out of the Colombian capital.
All three left Los Angeles bound for Sydney on the same flight on Sunday.
"I believed from the first second that I found out that she's innocent and I still believe it to this day," Ms Evans told 60 Minutes.
"I believe she's 100 per cent innocent and I always will."
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