03/26/2014 12:52 EDT | Updated 05/26/2014 05:59 EDT

Former Alberta police officer gets suspended sentence for fraud

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. - A former member of a southern Alberta police force has been given a 12-month suspended sentence for fraud and public mischief.

Trever James Sparrow, who is 38, pleaded guilty in December.

The one-time Lethbridge officer falsely reported to police three years ago that his truck had been broken into during a trip to British Columbia.

Sparrow said a generator and other items had been stolen and he filed a false insurance claim for just over $3,500.

He has paid the money back to the insurance company.

He also faces probation with counselling and 50 hours of community service work.

Sparrow was an officer with the Lethbridge police for eight years, but resigned shortly after he was charged early last year.