Man nets probation for heroin, embezzlement charges

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BENNINGTON — A Bennington man has been sentenced to probation after admitting to felony charges in connection with heroin possession and taking money from an ex-employer.

Ota Greven, 33, pleaded guilty in Vermont Superior Court Bennington Criminal Division on Sept. 6 to felony possession of heroin. Greven was one of two men whom Bennington Police arrested after finding nearly 500 bags of heroin in a local apartment last summer. Also charged was Deven D. Moffitt, 27, whose case is still pending; he will return to court Oct. 31.

Greven was charged again after he took some $500 from his employer's bank account to pay his own bills. A contested restitution hearing will be held to determine what Greven must repay, according to court documents. he pleaded guilty to felony false impersonation and misdemeanor first offense identity theft in a case from November, as well as felony embezzlement (more than $100) in a case from April.

For the heroin possession and false impersonation charges, Greven, who had no prior criminal history, received two one-to-three year suspended sentences, to be served consecutively.

For the embezzlement charge, he was given a three-year deferred sentence. The deferred sentence means Greven, if he avoids any legal troubles during that time, will have that charge dismissed and his record expunged. Under a plea agreement, the state dismissed felony charges of heroin trafficking, conspiracy to sell a regulated drug, attempted heroin sale (more than 1 gram), and false pretense, and misdemeanor cocaine possession.

The drug charges stemmed from a search of Moffit's Mortimer Street apartment last July, during which Bennington officers found 490 bags of heroin, worth an estimated $9,800. Police also found 1.5 grams of cocaine.

Moffit allegedly paid Greven to meet a heroin supplier in Wilmington and then go get the heroin in a town in northern Franklin County, Massachusetts, according to a court affidavit. Moffitt has pleaded not guilty to felony heroin trafficking, conspiracy to sell a regulated drug, attempted heroin sale (more than 1 gram), heroin possession (1 gram or more), and misdemeanor cocaine possession. Moffit is being held for lack of $25,000 bail at Northwest State Correctional Facility in Swanton.

Reach staff writer Edward Damon at 802-447-7567, ext. 111 or @edamon_banner.

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