Nia Sanchez: I Did NOT Fake Nevada Move To Win Miss USA! (VIDEO)

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Nia Sanchez, the newly crowned Miss USA, is denying allegations that she faked residency in Nevada in order to have a better shot at winning the pageant.

A Fox News report cites a source who claims Sanchez, who failed to win Miss California three times, bent residency requirements in order to represent Nevada this year.

“She never actually moved to Nevada, but continued to work at Disney and live in California, setting up some minimum paper trail to appear like she was in Nevada and allow her to compete,” the source tells the outlet.

The Fox News insider alleges, “[Former Miss USA] Shanna Moakler is the Nevada director, and she personally coached Nia on what she needed to do to qualify in Nevada and skirt around the need to be actually from there.”

But in an interview with the outlet (see video below), Sanchez flatly denies the charge, saying there is “no truth” to it.

“[Las Vegas] is my home. I have a house there with a friend,” says Sanchez, who claims she lived in Nevada for nearly 18 months before winning the state’s pageant and competing for Miss USA.

She explains, “I actually had an agent that was working me in Nevada a lot so I figured why not work in that state, and then I looked into the pageant program because I had done pageants before. So I figured why not look into the one in Nevada?”

Sanchez says, “You shouldn’t be able to live in a different state and compete in a different state. That doesn’t seem fair to me. But that’s why there’s the six-month residency rule and you have to work or go to school in that state, which I did.”

Check out the video below.


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