A Lethbridge Regional Police Service constable has been charged with fraud under $5,000 and public mischief in connection with an incident that occurred while he was off duty.
In October 2012, the police service was provided with information regarding the alleged criminal conduct of one of its officers. An investigation subsequently commenced and has resulted in criminal charges.
The allegations are that in February of 2011, the officer falsely reported to RCMP his truck was broken into and personal property had been stolen while he was snowmobiling in BC. A fraudulent claim was also filed with his insurance company and the loss was paid out. In addition, during the fraud investigation it is alleged the officer took steps to intentionally mislead investigators in order to divert suspicion from himself.
The constable has just over eight years of service with the LRPS.
He is relieved from duty, with pay, pending the outcome of court and an internal disciplinary hearing.
Trever James Sparrow, 37, of Lethbridge, is charged with one count of fraud under $5,000 and two counts of public mischief. He is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 20.