Transcript for Beauty Queen From Pennsylvania Arrested
Next tonight, your money. The beauty pageant winner accused of faking her cancer so she could ask for your donations. Here's ABC's gio Benitez. Reporter: She's supposed to be a role model for the young women of Pennsylvania, but tonight this disgraced beauty queen is behind bars, accused of declaring for more than two years that she had cancer when she did not. I would never think that somebody would exploit a disease to gain money. Reporter: Here you see 23-year-old Brandi lee weaver-gates, miss Pennsylvania U.S. International without hair and wearing a mask in a photo posted on Facebook in 2013. She told friends, even her own family that she had been battling stage two leukemia, raising money by inviting people to a fundraising called bingo for Brandi. They raised between 13 and $14,000. Just one fundraiser? One fundraiser. Reporter: The investigating officer seen in this image that went around the world allege K she never got treatment at the hospitals she claimed treated her. Tonight she's charged with theft by deception and receiving stolen property. Miss Pennsylvania U.S. International stripping her of her title, saying she must return that sash and crown as soon as she can. David, that may take a while. Brandi weaver-gates is in jail because she couldn't make bail. If convicted, she could spend 14 years in prison, David. A sad story all the way around. Thanks.
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