Just how far would a drug addict go to feed an addiction?
For a New York woman, it’s as far as telling everyone she has bone and brain cancer so she could solicit thousands of dollars for her heroin addiction.
Brittany Ozarowski, from Long Island, is now in bigger trouble after she was charged in Suffolk County with 24 counts including grand larceny in the third degree.
According to the prosecutors, Ozarowski fabricated her inoperable cancer illness so she could seek donations from people at Nassau and Suffolk counties. Fox News reports that Ozarowski also scammed her father, as well as her grandmother who ended up selling her house to give the 21-year-old more than $100,000.
“This defendant perpetrated a despicable scam. … There was no cancer, no chemotherapy or radiation. All there was was heroin and more heroin,” said District Attorney Thomas Spota.
Spota added that small business owners also donated over $600 in gift certificates. Ozarowski even created a website with a banner pleading “Help Save My Life,” and set up a Paypal account where donations could be made.
Spota said Ozarowski was eventually caught when one of the people she asked money for became suspicious after asking the woman for her physician’s name, which she couldn’t provide.
Ozarowski’s lawyer refused to issue further comment, saying he has yet to review the charges.