Former Beauty Queen Gets Prison Sentence for Fake Cancer Scams

Brandi Weaver-Gates
Pennsylvania State Police

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

WJAC-TV reports 24-year-old Brandi Weaver-Gates was sentenced Tuesday by a judge in Centre County. She had pleaded guilty last month to several theft-related charges. She told a judge then that she faked the illness to get more attention from her family.

The Pleasant Gap woman has been jailed since her arrest in August and that time will be credited against her sentence.

Authorities believe she conned at least 165 people into donating nearly $30,000 through a bingo event in April and other fundraisers since August 2013.

Weaver-Gates is a former Miss Pennsylvania U.S. International pageant winner.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
Contact Us