Long Island Woman Who Ran Cancer Scam Gets Prison After Failing Rehab

Prosecutors accused the woman of soliciting money from friends, neighbors and businesses in her community

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NBC 4 New York/Suffolk County DA

A Long Island 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.

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