Miss America suspends official spray tan company after women say they are owed money

Associated Press

The Miss America Organization has suspended the credentials of its official spray on tanning partner ahead of Sunday night's pageant as it investigates allegations made by women across the country that they paid the tanning company, but weren't allowed to take part in events in Atlantic City.

A group of 20 women were in Atlantic City this week to work with Kelly Richardson's B.Bronz, but others have complained they paid $499 to $1,000 but were later told they couldn't participate.

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Richardson says she will refund money to "anybody that's due a refund legally," but the women say they've started to bring their allegations to law enforcement.

Miss America says it is undergoing a thorough investigation.

Richardson says nothing was done improperly. She was convicted in California in 2003 of identity theft, burglary and counterfeiting.