A 17-year-old girl faked a brain tumor to start a charity to raise pop stars out of hundreds of thousands of pounds and fund their luxury trips to Disneyland.
Megan Bhari founded Believe in Magic in 2012 to help "other" terminally ill children before she died in 2018 at the age of 23.
The charity, which was backed by One Direction as well as Taylor Swift, Michael Bublé and Ed Sheeran, was disbanded last week after an investigation by the Charity Commission found that its books were missing nearly £ 400,000.
And an investigation recorded Miss Bhari's death as a result of heart failure related to her fatty liver, with no brain tumor mentioned in her medical records.
17-year-old Megan Bhari, who founded the One Direction star Louis Tomlinson-backed Believe in Magic charity, faked a brain tumor to fund lavish trips to Disneyland
Parents of other children with cancer were concerned about their wife Bhari's reports of her illness and began investigating her before she died.
Joanne Ashcroft of Wigan, who she met with her son Corey at a sick child charity, noticed that calls for funds were not detailed enough for her treatment.
She told The Times, “I've spoken to other oncology parents near me who felt the same way.
"Our own children had gone through the most terrible illness and treatment imaginable. There was just something in the words that was wrong."
Affected parents found that Ms. Bhari stayed at Walt Disney World, Florida, after traveling on cruise ships on planned treatment trips to the United States
They hired a private investigator who found out that Ms. Bhari had lived at Walt Disney World, Florida, after traveling on cruise ships on scheduled treatment trips to the United States.
The investigator also took photos of Ms. Bhari in November 2017, who was returning to Southampton from the United States after a post on social media said she had traveled there for treatment.
She was shown smiling and pushing a cart with suitcases, although the charity said her body had "been through more than anyone should have ever done and is so weak at the time".
That same year, the Charity Commission opened an investigation into Believe in Magic and froze their accounts after "multiple complaints".
The Charity Commission opened an investigation into Believe in Magic and froze their accounts in 2017 after "multiple complaints"
Investigators found that there were cash withdrawals of £ 133,000 in the year ended November 2015 and £ 156,000 in the following year.
Between December 2015 and May 2016, £ 108,786 was transferred to a trustee.
The Charities Commission found that the trustees had collectively failed to submit the charity accounts, which amounted to "misconduct and / or mismanagement".
It added, "It's also a criminal offense."
The charity closed last week and the remainder of the funds were allocated to the Round Table Infertility.
Ms. Bhari's mother, Jean O'Brien, 66, one of the charity's trustees, also gave a voluntary guarantee not to be a trustee or a managerial position with a charity for five years.
The other trustees are close relatives Nick and Louise O’Brien, with whom the Charity Commission has never been able to contact.
Police investigated but said there was not enough evidence to pursue the matter.
Investigators found that £ 133,000 had been withdrawn from the charity in the year to November 2015 and £ 156,000 had been withdrawn the following year
The charity's ambassadors were One Direction, and Louis Tomlinson is believed to have personally donated £ 2 million to the fund.
In 2012, Harry Styles' mother Anne Twist climbed Kilimanjaro to help the charity.
One Direction raised £ 120,000 for radon therapy from Ms. Bhari in January 2015 after she claimed she had a second tumor.
He social media posts said the tumor had "grown tentacles" that wrapped around the blood supply to her brain, making surgery too dangerous.
David Cameron also tweeted his support for the charity in 2015, rewarding Ms. Bhari with a special award for Downing Street Point of Light.
Last week, Ms. O'Brien addressed the Charity's Commission's decision to shut it down and allegations that her daughter was faking her illness. She alleged that Ms. Bhari's funeral was suspended due to a police investigation into murder.
She wrote on Facebook: “Nobody on this earth could have loved Meg more than me. I did everything to make her life as wonderful, happy and enjoyable as possible.
“The charity has grown so quickly, and although Meg and I have worked tirelessly, I take full responsibility for the imperfect management and recording.
"I'm not ashamed to say that I have been marginalized by these totally untrue and devastating allegations."