23-year-old reigning Miss Pennsylvania U.S. International was arrested Tuesday because tricking people she had cancer

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It was a strange idea but an elaborate scheme. To convince people, Weaver-Gates also shaved her head, wore a surgical mask and posted photos to Facebook showing a fake bandage. Only at one single event in April, this year, called “Bingo for Brandi”, she apparently raised $14,000 invoking a hard time in her life. She is being held in Centre County Correctional Facility. After the arrest, she  has been stripped of her Miss title by Butler’s Beauties and will have to return the crown. “When you deceive the public and take people’s money that is under the pretense of fraud, we will not tolerate those actions”, the pageant’s organizers said. Pennsylvania State Police said they began looking into the case after receiving an anonymous letter. Brandi Lee Weaver-Gates worked as a cheerleading coach and at Strawberry Fields, a farm for people with disabilities in State College, Pennsylvania

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