Pennsylvania beauty queen, Brandi Weaver-Gates was arraigned within the week on two felony charges after she allegedly faked a cancer diagnosis and received donations for her treatments, according to police.
Pennsylvania State Police began investigating Weaver-Gates the reigning Miss Pennsylvania US International after receiving an anonymous letter accusing her of faking cancer, according to a news release from the state agency.
“The accused was allegedly diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia in March 2013,” state police said. “Since that time many fundraisers have been held to benefit the accused.”
She was stripped of her Miss Pennsylvania US International title after news broke of her arrest, pageant organiser Butler’s Beauties announced in a statement Tuesday. “We were also led to believe that she was dealing with this horrible disease and stood by her as she struggled being a beauty queen and a cancer patient,” the statement read.
Weaver-Gates was charged with theft by deception and receiving stolen property.
Weaver-Gates told numerous people she was being treated at facilities such as Johns Hopkins Hospital, police said, but the investigation revealed she never received treatments at those facilities. She showed investigators a hospital bill that turned out to be fake, police said.
In April 2014, Weaver-Gates had earlier said in an interview that she was declared cancer-free in October 2013, but was later told that five percent of her cancer cells returned. “When I was first diagnosed, I kept it to myself for a while, I didn’t know how to tell my family and even though they were there through it all, it still feels like you battling it alone, because they don’t understand,” she said.
A bingo fundraiser was held for Weaver-Gates in April to help pay for a series of chemotherapy treatments at Johns Hopkins, according to an event page. Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
Weaver-Gates remains in the Centre County Correctional Facility after failing to post $150,000 bail. She is due in court August 19 for a preliminary hearing.


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