PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts police sergeant has been sentenced to serve half a year in a county jail after he was convicted of lying about an on-duty accident and accepting insurance money for a bogus injury.
A jury convicted Hingham (HING’-um) Sgt. Kris Phillips on Thursday of filing false insurance claims and misleading a police investigation.
Authorities say the 20-year police veteran made false insurance claims after he said he was injured on duty in July 2015. Phillips said he was struck and injured by a car as a shopper backed out of a parking space.
An internal police review determined the story was false.
Phillips must also pay nearly $2,000 in restitution. He can no longer serve as a law enforcement officer.
Chief Glenn Olsson declined immediate comment.
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