A Long Island woman, Brittany Ozarowski, faked having cancer with at least 25 donation jars at various restaurants in order to fraud people out of money to feed her heroin addiction.
Ozarowski, 21, pleaded not guilty to 24 counts of fraud and forgery.
For more than a year, 21-year-old Brittany Ozarowski falsely claimed she had cancer, defrauding donors of thousands of dollars to collect money for her drug habit, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office said.
” This was a despicable scam, ” District Attorney Thomas Spota said. ” There was no cancer. . . . The only thing that there was, was heroin and more heroin. ”
Ozarowski, who lives in Medford, allegedly told people that she needed money to pay for medicine and treatment at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Incomplete sentenceTwo fundraisers, including one organized by a cancer survivor, netted about $8,000. Delis and pizzerias were among at least 25 Long Island businesses that granted her space for cash donation jars, Spota said. ” They believed that she desperately needed this money for her chemotherapy and her radiation to fight the cancer, ” he added.
Ozarowski is being held inat the Suffolk County jail. Her bond is set at $75,000 cash or $150,000 bond.