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Woman Caught in Cancer Scam to Collect Money to Support Heroin Addiction


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A Medford woman with a heroin habit pretended to be cancer-ridden to solicit money from a long list of merchants and sympathizers — and even got her grandmother to sell her home, the Suffolk district attorney said.

A 24-count indictment accusing Brittany Ozarowski, 21, of the brazen two-year scheme was unsealed Wednesday.”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, to be arraigned Thursday in First District Court, allegedly told people that she needed money to pay for medicine and treatment at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Two 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.

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