Former Pennsylvania beauty queen gets prison for fake cancer scams

A former Pennsylvania beauty queen has been sentenced to two to four years in prison after she faked having leukemia to benefit from fundraisers.

Brandi Weaver-Gates, 24, a former Miss Pennsylvania U.S. International pageant winner, was sentenced on Tuesday, reports WJAC-TV reports.

She pleaded guilty last month to several theft-related charges.  She reportedly told a judge at the time that she faked the illness to get attention from her family.

Weaver-Gates has been in jail since August and that time will be credited toward her sentence.


Authorities believe she conned at least 165 into donating $30,000 from fundraising events since August 2013.

Weaver-Gates must repay the money and spend five years on probation.

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