* Did you know that by the year 2030, its predicted that cancer will be the leading cause of death in the United States? That’s nothing to play with. And many of our friends and loved ones are living with the disease or have died from it – which makes it hard to believe that there are people out there who are actually using the devastating disease to scam; pretending to have cancer so that others’ will feel sorry for them, and blindly give them money. Even strangers who have never laid eyes on these people go to online fundraising sites where they read heartbreaking stories and reach into their pockets without a second thought. And these scams have brought in tens of thousands of dollars on these sites…telling lies about having cancer.
Let’s put a face to some of these jokers. See them and read their stories.
Brittany Ozarowski, pictured above, is a 21-year-old alleged heroin addict who was accused of pretending to be cancer-ridden to scam money in April. She even got her grandmother to sell her house. “This was a despicable scam,” District Attorney Thomas Spota said. “There was no cancer. . . . The only thing that there was, was heroin and more heroin.”
Kody Grode, 24, told her best friend of nine years and colleagues at a local daycare that she had stage-three ovarian cancer. Grode allegedly grifted over $2,000 before being caught and has been sentenced to 90 days in jail.
Kristopher Cook, 28, was accused of faking brain cancer in a scam to get money from well-wishers. He allegedly made $7,500 before being caught. In jail, Cook was reportedly beaten within 24 hours and suffered a lacerated spleen and broken nose.
Jessica Vega, 25, was charged with fraud after she allegedly scammed over $13,000 in a fake cancer scheme to pay for her wedding and honeymoon. Vega told friends and family, including her then-fiance, that she was dying of leukemia and faked doctors’ notes. The couple divorced, then later got back together.
See more of these cancer-fakers and read the full story on each of them at Huffington Post.