Beauty queen jailed on charges she faked cancer to raise money


(FOX News) - A Pennsylvania beauty queen has been stripped of her title and jailed on charges that she faked having leukemia to raise thousands of dollars from fundraisers.

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 2015 Miss Pennsylvania U.S. International pageant winner.

“It was amazing. I didn't know half of the people there. It really did surprise me,” Weaver-Gates told the Centre County Gazette at the time. “It speaks to how great our community is. They wanted to come and support someone who is going through a hard time in their life.”

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