Hauppauge (WALK) - There's been a guilty plea this week from a Medford woman who pretended to have cancer so that people would give her money, which she used to finance a heroin habit.
Brittany Ozarowky (pictured at left) admitted to grand larceny and several other charges, including all 24 counts against her, at a court date on Monday. In exchange for her plea, a judge has promised not to give her any jail time. Ozarowsky, 22, is expected to be ordered into a drug treatment program for as long as two years when she's sentenced Monday. Prosecutors had asked that she be given a prison sentence of up to 7 years.
Ozarowsky will also be ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution to her victims. The money was raised from donation jars left on the counters of at least 25 local shops, a Facebook page, and fundraising events that Ozarowky convinced her sympathetic victims to hold, for her benefit.
Prosecutors say Ozarowsky told differing versions of her cancer scam, as she conned people into believing she had brain, bone, ovarian or stomach cancer. She posted a picture of herself in a wheelchair on her Facebook page and wrote of severe injuries suffered in a car crash in 2011. Prosecutors say she was high on drugs when she crashed.
It wasn't only strangers who were scammed. Authorities say Ozarowsky's own grandmother had recently sold her home and given her $100,000 for cancer treatment, while her father depleted his retirement account to help her.
After getting out of drug treatment, Ozarowsky will be on probation and have to do community service, according to the plea deal. If she fails treatment or violates probation, she will be sent to prison for up to 4 years total.
Photo: Suffolk District Attorney