- Associated Press - Friday, May 29, 2015

WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Springfield man has been sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay $13,000 in restitution for charges that he extorted money from a deaf person by pretending to be a police officer.

The Springfield Republican reports (https://bit.ly/1ABf2S5) charges against 22-year-old Javies Rivera will be dropped if he successfully completes his probation after he admitted to sufficient facts in Westfield District Court Thursday.

He was charged with larceny of a disabled person.

Police say Rivera stole over $13,000 from the victim between June 2013 and December 2014 by demanding payments via text messages.

Police say the victim believed he would be in trouble with the law if he did not pay.

Rivera could see his parole terminated early if his payments are kept up for a full year.

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Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, https://www.masslive.com/news/

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