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Miss Wisconsin USA gives up crown after being charged with identity theft

MILWAUKEE -- The attorney for a Madison woman who resigned her duties as Miss Wisconsin USA said Saturday his client acknowledges her mistakes and expects to resolve the charges later this year.

MILWAUKEE -- The attorney for a Madison woman who resigned her duties as Miss Wisconsin USA said Saturday his client acknowledges her mistakes and expects to resolve the charges later this year.

Shaletta Porterfield won the Miss Wisconsin USA title last year and would have competed in Las Vegas next month, but resigned Friday. She was charged in Dane County with three counts of misappropriating identity information to obtain money and has pleaded not guilty.

Attorney Robert F. Nagel of Madison told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he doesn't believe she actually gained any money from her actions.

Nagel said the 26-year-old Porterfield relinquished the Miss Wisconsin USA crown to avoid any possible embarrassment to the pageant. First runner-up Jordan Marie Morkin, of Green Bay, will now represent Wisconsin.

The pageant is different from the one whose winner competes for the title of Miss America.

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