OK now we’ve heard everything! This 21-year-old woman faked a terrible disease and fooled an entire community in order to get money for her heroin addiction!
Brittany Ozarowski, from Long Island, faked cancer so she could get donations to support her heroin addiction. She visited local businesses, supermarkets, neighbors, and even started a website and a Facebook page to collect money, saying that she had ovarian, stomach, bone, and brain cancer.
According to the Suffolk district attorney, she even got her grandmother to sell her home and gave her more than $100,000! Brittany’s father, Thomas McDermott of Selden, told investigators he went with his daughter to the fundraisers and used his retirement account to help her out.
“There was no cancer, no chemotherapy, no radiation, and no medical bills,” said Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota. “There was just heroin.”
On her website, Brittany Ozarowski describes that she had suffered a “terrible car accident” and that in 2011 she was diagnosed with cancer:
“I shattered my right femoral head, fractured my right femur, fractured my pelvis, dislocated and fractured my S.I joint in my back, collapsed my right lung, had 20 staples in my head, fractured my L1, L3, and L5 in my spine and shattered my L2. I have nerve damage and severe muscle abnormalities throughout my body. In September of 2011 I was diagnosed with stage two ovarian cancer as well as stomach cancer. After multiple treatments of both radiation and chemotherapy I had beaten cancer as of December 2011.”
How can anyone create such a story to get money out of people?
She adds that she was cancer free until she found out that she had bone cancer, in February 2012. She also said the cancer had spread to her spine and her brain. Ozarowski then made a plea to strangers to help her pay for treatments prosecutors say she never received.
“The treatments are about $33,000 each day and although my doctor has been incredible with helping my family financially I am still short.”
One of her former neighbors in Selden, Denise Bambola, was one of many people who fell for the cancer story and ended up donating $10,000.
Brittany Ozarowski was arrested on April 1st, outside a Sayville supermarket holding a plastic donation jar, authorities said. She faces 24 charges, including forgery, petit larceny, offering a false instrument for filing, and scheme to defraud. She is currently being held on $5,000 cash bail.
Brittany Ann Ozarowski is formerly of Selden, New York. She was born in 1991.