Pennsylvania beauty queen jailed on fake cancer charges

Beauty Queen Accused of Faking Cancer Diagnosis

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania beauty queen has been jailed on charges she faked having leukemia to benefit from fundraisers, and will be stripped of her title.

PHOTOS: 23-year-old Brandi Lee Weaver-Gates:

Former beauty queen Brandi Lee Weaver-Gates
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Pennsylvania beauty queen jailed on fake cancer charges
Cops say Pennsylvania beauty queen Brandi Weaver-Gates lied about having cancer to raise money
#scam Officials say 23-year-old Brandi Lee Weaver-Gates scammed people out of thousands o…
Pennsylvania beauty queen jailed after faking cancer, raising thousands

Online court records show 23-year-old Brandi Lee Weaver-Gates, of State College, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of theft by deception and receiving stolen property. State police say an April bingo benefit raised $14,000 for the Miss Pennsylvania U.S. International pageant winner. Troopers are asking the public to come forward if they have donated money to Weaver-Gates.

Butler's Beauties, the company that sponsors the pageant, says in a Facebook page statement that they were also "led to believe that she was dealing with this horrible disease" and are making her return her crown and sash.

Records don't list an attorney for Weaver-Gates, who faces a preliminary hearing Aug. 19.

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