NY woman who ran cancer scam gets prison after failing rehab
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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