Woman who impersonated beauty queen on Facebook to con men banned from using Internet

From Saskatoon Star Phoenix:

A Saskatoon woman who created a fake Facebook profile using photos of a pageant contestant – and conned young men hoping for dates into giving her money – is banned from using the Internet for the next six months.

Melissa D. Brandon, 26, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Saskatoon provincial court to impersonating Brittany Bjerland by using Miss Saskatchewan photos that Brandon found online to create the fake Facebook page. She operated the page between June 2011 and January 2012.

Brandon befriended a number of young men using the fake profile and told them various stories in chats and emails, including that a family member was dying of cancer.

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