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PHILADELPHIA (Web Desk) – A Pennsylvania beauty queen has been jailed on charges she faked having leukemia to benefit from fundraisers, and will be stripped of her title.


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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, the Emirates247 reported.

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State police say an April bingo benefit raised $14,000 for the Miss Pennsylvania US International pageant winner. Troopers are asking the public to come forward if they have donated money to Weaver-Gates.

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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.

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