Stormy Keffeler, a woman crowned Miss Washington USA in 2015 resigned in January 2016 after it came to light that she pleaded guilty to drunken driving charges. Keffeler failed to disclose the DUI when she entered the competition, according to contest organizers. Contestants are required to fill out extensive paperwork that includes questions related to criminal history. Keffeler, who won the pageant in October, served two days in the Kirkland Jail in December to meet the requirements of her DUI guilty plea. Pageant runner-up Kelsey Schmidt was then crowned the new Miss Washington USA.
Alicia Guastaferro, a former teen pageant contestant, pleaded not guilty to charges of prostitution and drug possession in October of 2012. Guastaferro was arrested at a western New York Thruway travel plaza in August with Rochester, NY., lawyer James Doyle. Guastaferro said Doyle paid her $500 to $700 twice a month to spend the night with him and have sex, according to court documents. Doyle denied the allegations and the charges against him were dropped on October, 14, 2012. However, the case against Guastaferro is still pending.
One month before Sarah Gafvert, 21, was named Miss University of Arkansas in October 2012, records show she was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. She has pleaded not guilty and says she plans to challenge the arrest in court. Gafvert also said does not plan to give up her crown.
Rima Fakih, the first Arab-American to be crowned Miss USA, pleaded no contest in April 2012 in a Michigan drunk driving case. Fakih, 26, has said she wasn't drinking the night of her arrest in December. However, two police breath tests put her blood alcohol content at more than twice the legal limit.
Police arrested Nicole Houde, Miss New Hampshire USA 2010, in April 2012 after she allegedly punched, kicked, scratched and bit her 33-year-old boyfriend during an argument.
Daniela Gaskie, a 22-year-old central Kentucky beauty queen, was stripped of her Miss Kentucky Latina crown when pageant officials learned of her Oct. 2010 arrest for allegedly stabbing a gas station attendant and beating up a pharmacist in Richmond, south of Lexington. Police charged Gaskie with assault, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief. Her arrest report stated officers detected alcohol on her breath and that she told them she was being profiled for being "Mexican."
Kumari Fulbright, Miss Pima County in 2005 and Miss Desert Sun in 2006, was accused of kidnapping and torturing her ex-boyfriend Josh Conway in December 2007. According to police reports, Fulbright and three other men lured Conway to the former beauty queen
Tia Shorts, Miss Maryland 2004, was charged in a drug case involving cocaine and pleaded guilty to obstructing a police investigation in Montgomery County Circuit Court. Although originally charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and drug possession, she was offered a plea deal resulting in the lesser charge. Short
Rachel Yould, Rhodes scholar and Miss Anchorage 1996, pleaded guilty in 2010 to federal fraud charges in a bizarre case of deception and double identity. Yould was the recipient of a new identity under a federal program that helps rape and domestic violence victims hide from their tormentors. But the then 38-year-old used her new identity to defraud lenders out of more than $600,000 in student loan money that she used to play the stock market, buy a condo and launch a start-up business. Yould, born Rachel Hall, claimed that she was sexually abused as a child, raped as a young woman and forced to go into hiding to elude an abusive father who was so relentless that she had to take out a restraining order against him. She used a new social security number given to her through the program to obtained 19 student loans for nearly $680,000 between August 2003 and May 2006, prosecutors said at the trial. She was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison.
Brandi Lee Weaver-Gates
Central Pennsylvania woman Brandi Lee Weaver-Gates, a former Miss Pennsylvania U.S. International pageant winner, admitted that she faked having cancer in order to benefit from fundraisers.
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.
She was sentenced in July 2016 to two to four years in prison after pleading guilty to several theft-related charges.
Vanessa Barcelo, 26, was charged with aggravated assault in December 2016 after allegedly hitting a party guest at her Miami home with a baseball bat. She also allegedly punched the partygoer in the face.
Barcelo was allegedly intoxicated and struck the man after she asked him to leave, but witnesses say he was in the process of leaving the home during the assault.
Barcelo won the title “Miss Miami Lakes, USA” in April 2016. She competed in July for Miss Florida USA and but did not make the top 16. She gets to keep the title pending adjudication.