Woman pleads guilty to cancer scam, using donations to buy heroin

Brittany Ozarowski ran a Facebook page and website soliciting donations for her fake health problems.
Posted By Kate Stanton   |   Dec. 11, 2013 at 7:54 PM   |   0 comments

Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Brittany Ozarowski, of Long Island, N.Y., pleaded guilty to 24 counts of grand larceny, forgery, offering a false instrument for filing, scheming to defraud and petit larceny in the hopes of negotiating for drug treatment over prison time.

Ozarowski, 22, received up to $10,000 through an elaborate two-year charity scheme, which included donation jars, fundraisers, a now-defunct website and Facebook page.

She posted photos of herself looking thin and frail in a wheelchair and wrote that she had multiple kinds of cancer, including brain, ovarian and stomach cancer. Instead, prosecutors said she used the money to support her heroin habit.

"No donation is too big nor too small, anything at all would help greatly," she wrote.

“There was no cancer, no chemotherapy, no radiation and no medical bills. There was just heroin,” Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said in April.

Though prosecutors asked for as much as seven years in prison, Ozarowski and her attorney will get 24 months of inpatient and outpatient drug treatment and community service. The will do community service and be on probation for the third year. She will also have to pay $10,000 in restitution.

[Newsday, Times Beacon Record]

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