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LI woman charged with lying about cancer in fundraising scam

HAUPPAUGE – A former Selden woman, who was arrested April 1 on fraud and other charges for falsely claiming she has cancer to defraud donors and collect money to support her drug habit was indicted on several charges. 

“This was a despicable scam,” Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.  “There was no cancer, no chemotherapy, no radiation, and no medical bills. There was just heroin.”

Over the course of at least the past thirteen months, Brittany Ozarowski, 21, allegedly told prospective donors, from shoppers leaving the supermarket to business owners, that she was in desperate need of cash to pay her medical bills for treatment for bone and brain cancer, stomach cancer, thyroid cancer, and ovarian cancer. 

“She convinced store owners in this county and in Nassau to allow her to place donor jars in their place of business, and her arrogance was such that she established a PayPal account and her own website with the banner “Brittany Ozarowski – Help Save My Life”, said Spota.  “The truth is she is a 21 year old drug addict with four open narcotics cases, and we have strong evidence she forged doctors’ notes to avoid court appearances.”

Ozarowski will be arraigned on the sealed indictment today.  She is in the county jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.