LI prosecutor: Addict faked cancer, duped donors

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities on Long Island say a woman is accused of faking cancer so she could get donations to support her heroin addiction.

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota says Brittany Ozarowski, formerly of Selden, faces fraud and other charges.

Authorities say she left donor jars at Nassau and Suffolk county businesses and also hit up supermarket shoppers for money.

A store owner bought T-shirts for a fundraiser. Spota says small-business owners donated over $600 in gift certificates.

He says she even established a PayPal account and a website with a banner that pleaded, "Help Save My Life."

Spota says flyers falsely claimed the defendant had ovarian, stomach, bone or brain cancer and had "few options left."

The name of her attorney was not immediately known.

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