MILLER PLACE, N.Y. (April 22, 2013)--Authorities say they have received dozens of calls from people who think they may have been victimized by an alleged cancer charity scam on New York's Long Island.
Prosecutors Brittany Ozarowski, 21, distributed donation jars to more than two-dozen restaurants and stores, pocketed the cash and used the money to fund a heroin addiction.
Some businesses in Miller Place organized fundraisers for the young woman.
One at a local Moose lodge netted $7,200.
People became suspicious after the woman allegedly explained she didn't lose her hair to chemotherapy because she was taking "special vitamins."
Others said they wondered when she didn't show up for free doctor's appointments they had made for her.
The investigation into the scheme is ongoing.