Readsboro principal admits to embezzling
By Patrick McArdle
BENNINGTON — The former principal of the Readsboro Central School admitted on Monday to embezzling from the school but may evade a criminal record for the incident.
Michael W. Heller, 41, of Fairfax, pleaded guilty on Monday in Bennington criminal court to a felony charge of embezzlement. The state dismissed a misdemeanor charge of petty larceny.
As part of the plea agreement, Heller’s sentencing was delayed for 18 months. If he has no further legal problems, the charge will be expunged from his record.
Through his attorney, David Silver, Heller admitted on Monday to embezzling about $4,500 for his personal use from about $6,000 in grants that were awarded to the school last year.
Police released information about the embezzlement in January. Heller resigned from his position as principal of the school, where he had served for about a year, in December.