Pennsylvanian beauty pageant queen Brandi Lee Weaver-Gates is going to continue her reign in prison after she lied about suffering from a form of leukemia and allegedly pocketing money raised to pay for her “treatments.”
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Because of the 23-year old beauty queen’s “alleged” condition, she has become the benefactor for several fundraisers. The most recent of which was a bingo event held earlier this year raising $14,000.
Police suspected that Ms. Weaver-Gates went as far as shaving her head repeatedly to make it appear that she had undergone chemotherapy. She was even photographed in one picture with a face mask on.
Family and friends have been supportive of Ms. Weaver-Gates after she broke to them the news in 2013 that she had been diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
“I didn’t know how to tell my family, and even though they were there through it all, it still feels like (you’re) battling it alone because they don’t understand,” she said in an interview.
Relatives, especially her own sister, would drive her to prestigious cancer hospitals for her treatments and have them wait for her in the lobby for as long as eight hours while she hid elsewhere. Since she made the announcement about her cancer, Ms. Weaver-Gates had actively participated in a number of charity events to raise money for her treatment, when actually the proceeds all just went to her own pocket.
Earlier this year, police started to investigate Ms. Weaver-Gates’s cancer claims after receiving an anonymous tip. They found no evidence that she had even been treated for her illness by any medical facility where she said she was treated. State Police Trooper Thomas Stock checked in Geisinger, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and John Hopkins in Baltimore but found no name of the Miss Pennsylvania US International in their records. Stock called her efforts to make people believe she had cancer “an elaborate scheme.”
According to the author of the anonymous letter, Ms. Weaver-Gates could not name any of her oncology doctors when asked regarding them.
Ms. Weaver-Gates was arrested and has been charged with theft by deception and receiving stolen property. She is being held on $150,000 bond pending her next scheduled court appearance.
Also, Miss Pennsylvania pageant organizers have revoked her of her Miss Pennsylvania US International title. The organization had required her to return her crown and sash upon her release from being detained.