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NY drug addict who ran cancer scam pleads guilty

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FRANK ELTMAN | December 11, 2013 04:46 PM EST | AP


MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A suburban New York woman who raised thousands of dollars falsely claiming she had cancer has pleaded guilty to grand larceny, forgery and other charges.

A spokesman for the Suffolk County district attorney says Brittany Ozarowski (oh-za-ROW'-skee) entered the guilty plea to a 24-count indictment on Monday.

Prosecutors say Ozarowski was a heroin addict. They accused her of soliciting money from friends, neighbors and businesses in her community in Miller Place.

Prosecutors were seeking a prison term of up to seven years for her. But a judge has agreed to allow her to enter a drug treatment program for as much as two years.

Defense attorney George Duncan said Wednesday that Ozarowski is extremely remorseful and welcomes drug treatment.

Ozarowski also will pay more than $10,000 in restitution.