Cancer Scam: Woman Uses Donations To Buy Heroin

    December 11, 2013
    Sarah Parrott
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The holiday season tends to have a way of making people feel more open and generous. Whether donations are going to the little red buckets beside bell-ringing Santas, church fundraisers for Christmas dinners, or to Toys for Tots programs, people seem to be all the more willing to give a little extra to their fellow humans when Christmas time rolls around. This is a wonderful thing, but sometimes, people like to take advantage of other’s generosity. Brittany Ozarowski is one such person.

Brittany Ozarowski lived in Miller’s Place, New York, which is only sixty miles away from the Big Apple. Around March of 2012, Ozarowski began to frequent local businesses, telling the owners that she had cancer, and leaving donation jars in their places of business. Many of these business owners took special interest in Ozwarski, offering help in the form of hosting fundraisers and charity benefits. Ozarowski also plead with family members, friends, and other community figures, who all united in a front to save the 21-year-old woman.

Business started to get fishy, however, when a few donors began to notice the lack of effect that cancer and chemotherapy had on Ozarowski. One person offered to set her up with a neurologist at Stony Brook Medical Center for cancer treatments, but she never showed up for the appointments. When questioned as to why her hair was not falling out, she claimed that she was taking “special vitamins.” These odd happenings eventually lead to suspicious donors going to the police, who in turn arrested Ozarowski.

Ozarowski plead guilty to a 24-count indictment on Monday, which accused her of grand larceny, forgery and other crimes. The young woman admitted to lying about her status as a cancer victim, and was using the money she gathered from the generosity of her community to buy drugs, specifically heroin. She was found guilty on Wednesday, and the judge sentenced her to up to two years in a drug treatment program, with up to one additional year of probation. She will also be required to pay more than $10,000 in restitution to the kind folks that she conned.

Unfortunately, stories such as those that come from cases like Ozarowski’s tend to discourage people from giving, and to a point, this is justified. This writer urges people to donate whatever they are able to, however, despite the deception that can go on.

[Image courtesy of this YouTube video.]

  • http://webpronews/life tim

    This is sad to me, especially because my mom has been dealing with cancer and we are going to lose her soon. I pray she makes it through Christmas but it is doubtful. All I wanted when I found out she was diagnosed with terminal cancer was for her to see me graduate college and she probably won’t get that chance. I am not going to wish this girl to jail. I pray she gets the help she needs because heroin is a demon. I am a recovering alcoholic and know first hand that addiction is hard to deal with. I pray for you and your family Brittany and pray you get the help you both need and deserve. Much love. Tim and family.

    • Jennifer

      Sweety, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. I know the pain you are feeling, on January 2nd 2007 I lost my Mom to cancer. My little sister was in her senior year of High School when our Mom passed away. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Hold your Mom and tell her all the things that you have always wanted to say and never have. That is my greatest regret I never told my Mom that she was my hero.

  • gary

    two tears of rehabilitation for this scum bag. She needs to do at least 10 years…I am some one that has lost a son,sister,mother and father from cancer

    • Meech

      I lost family to Cancer too but I also had to see my father go through his stages of addiction to heroine. My dad will give his last to anyone who needed it but when he was on drugs and chasing that high(addiction) he did things that would make it easy for some to say it’s ok if I never forgave him. So I know the hurt is there because you lost family to what this lady lied about having but knowing how much of a hell being addicted to heroine is you can only pray for her and that she gets better before it gets to the point where she is really fighting for her life. I’m sorry for your loss and I pry that God gives you strength as you continue to live on without your family, that’s something that I can’t fathom.

  • Terri

    My boyfriend died of cancer in 2005. And scumbags like her walking around.

  • carol

    brittany, listen up, after the drug rehab and restitution to those caring people, you should be around cancer patients doing whatever is needed for them. Cancer is no joke or con, I hope you strive to become a better person!!!

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  • Farrah

    Cancer is no joke!!! This woman needs help for her addiction, but she should go to her local cancer center to see what it is like for those who truly have cancer.

  • Kelly

    I don’t care how bad your situation is there is no excuse to abuse others. We all have our own Demons and battles some have times where it seems there is no more fight and nothing more you can do but they still seem to give their all. With that said for her to reply w/ I needed it bad was such a insult her apology didn’t mean anything because she used the word BUT followed by a excuse any time some one feels the need to even say a word after a apology and just not except their fate is scum. Trust is a valuable thing as well as compassion these things you don’t buy but they can be ruined in a moments time.

  • Mr. Blackie

    She’s a poor, “white” junkie, piece of trash!!!

  • Jennifer Barrett

    To whoever wrote this article you stated…”Unfortunately, stories such as those that come from cases like Ozarowski’s tend to discourage people from giving, and to a point, this is justified. This writer urges people to donate whatever they are able to, however, despite the deception that can go on.”

    Why don’t you urge people to donate to a REPUTABLE ORGANIZATION rather than some girl that walks around with a can asking for personal donations!