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NY woman who ran cancer scam gets prison after failing rehab

1 year 7 months 10 hours ago May 04, 2015 May 4, 2015 Monday, May 04 2015 May 04, 2015 2:42 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

RIVERHEAD, NY - A suburban New York woman who scammed people for donations for phony cancer treatments to feed a heroin habit is headed to prison.

Brittany Ozarowski pleaded guilty in December 2013 to grand larceny, forgery and other charges. Prosecutors had sought a sentence of up to seven years. However, she was sent to a drug treatment program rather than prison.

Newsday reports a judge sentenced her Monday to up to three years in prison after learning she had failed out of the court-mandated drug program.

Her attorney, George Duncan, says she got a violation in the program for smoking a cigarette.

Prosecutors say she claimed to have cancer but was actually a heroin addict.

She was accused of soliciting thousands of dollars from friends, neighbors and businesses.

Image: Ed Betz / Newsday

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