Former Beauty Queen Says She Did Not Steal Dying Mom's Social Security Checks to Pay for Lavish Lifestyle

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The former Mrs. Florida is scheduled to trade her evening gown for a prison jumpsuit after pleading guilty to stealing her mother's Social Security checks, prosecutors say, to help fund her opulent lifestyle.

But in an interview with Inside Edition, the beauty queen denied that.  

Karyn Turk was crowned Mrs. Florida 2016 and quickly grew a large following on social media. The 47-year-old mom is also a conservative commentator and vocal supporter of President Trump, making multiple visits to Mar-a-Lago.

Prosecutors allege she stole from her 83-year-old mother, who was battling Alzheimer’s and owed $219,000 in nursing home bills. Turk is accused of using that money on high-society events, shopping sprees and a nanny to watch her children, officials said.