02/28/2008

FBI: Drug informant in Ohio lied about officer

The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The FBI says a drug informant lied to agents investigating a Zanesville police officer whose charges of arranging cocaine deals were later dropped.

Twenty-six-year-old Amanda Novaria is accused of using a friend to pose as Officer Donald Peterson in recorded phone conversations about a drug deal.

Novaria also is accused of creating text messages that incriminated Peterson, who was arrested in December and fired a month later when he refused to resign. Prosecutors dropped charges in February against Peterson, his wife, and three others.

Novaria made an initial court appearance yesterday in Columbus on a charge of lying to federal agents, a felony that carries a maximum of five years in prison.

There was no immediate information on whether Novaria had a lawyer.

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