Ex-Beauty Queen Accused of Faking Cancer to Bilk Donors Apologizes: Report
Brandi Weaver-Gates says she's "truly sorry" in statement through her lawyer: report
A former Pennsylvania beauty queen that’s accused of faking cancer in order to bilk sympathetic donors out of thousands of dollars is “truly sorry,” and plans to pay all the money back, reports the Centre Daily Times.
Deb Lux, an attorney for Brandi Weaver-Gates, relayed the apology in a statement to the paper on Tuesday. “She asks for forgiveness, although she understands many won’t find it in their hearts to do so,” Lux said.
Weaver-Gates, 23, waived her right to a preliminary hearing on charges of theft by deception and receiving stolen property, CBS Pittsburgh reports. She was jailed on Aug 11.
Police allege that she made everyone in her life, including her own sister, believe that she had been diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in March 2013, according to CNN.
Since then, she allegedly kept up the charade, having relatives drive her to the hospital for cancer treatments and waiting in another part of the hospital to make it seem like she was truly undergoing such care, CNN reports. Weaver-Gates even shaved her head, police say.
For two years, she participated in fundraisers to raise money on her behalf. In April, the Miss Pennsylvania U.S. International pageant winner raised $14,000 in donations during a bingo benefit, police say. It’s unknown how much was raised at other benefits.
CBS notes pageant directors plan on stripping her from her title.
Weaver-Gates is scheduled to be arraigned on Sept 16.
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