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Cancer scam nets woman $10,000 for heroin habit: Sentenced to drug treatment

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A cancer scam by a young woman was concocted to keep her supplied with heroin. Brittany Ozarowski, 22, of Long Island, N.Y. ran an elaborate scam soliciting donations for her cancer treatment, using donation jars, fundraisers, a website and her Facebook page, according to UPI.com on Dec.11.

Ozarowski’s two-year scam netted her over $10,000 for her heroin habit. She plead guilty to 24 counts of grand larceny, forgery, offering a false instrument for filing, scheming to defraud and petite larceny. She was hoping the court will allow her to go to a drug treatment facility rather than jail and it looks like her wish came true.

This young woman was creative, posting pictures of herself online looking frail and sitting in a wheel chair. She also claimed that she had a few kinds of cancer. Ozarowski claimed she had cancer of the brain, ovarian and stomach cancer, and she did all of this to support her addiction to the drug heroin.

She befriended local merchants who helped her out by putting out donation jars for Ozarowski's cancer plight. She was very good at this deception, as she got away with it for a couple of years.

The prosecutor had asked for up to seven years in prison for Ozarowski, but her attorney got her a better deal with the court. She will get 24 months of inpatient and outpatient drug treatment. She will also get community service. For the third year of her sentence she will be on probation. She is also ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution for her crimes.

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