She Scammed businesses out of thousands of dollars, even having businesses and community members organizing fundraisers for her. Unwittingly, all their funds went to her heroin addiction. The judge has sentenced her to up to two years in a drug treatment program. Will it be enough to get her the help she needs? Hire a Certified Recovery Coach and be sure!
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Brittany Ozarowski pleaded guilty on Monday in Suffolk County Court to a 24-count indictment charging her with grand larceny, forgery and other crime
She has admitted she was hooked on heroin when she raised thousands of dollars by falsely claiming she had cancer, prosecutors and her attorney said Wednesday.
She befriended business owners and others in her community, telling them a tale about undergoing cancer treatments, prosecutors said. Because she was a heroin addict, no one seemed to question her 80-pound appearance as she hobbled on a cane going from store to store leaving donation jars, they said.
Although Ozarowski could have faced a sentence of up to seven years in prison, Judge John Iliou said he would sentence the 21-year-old to a drug treatment program for up to two years plus an additional year’s probation. Ozarowski, who’s from Miller Place, 60 miles east of New York City, also will be required to pay more than $10,000 in restitution.