(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.”