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Former PC Gareth Beard sentenced for insurance fraud

A Metropolitan police officer who made a false insurance claim that his mobile phone had been stolen has received a suspended prison sentence.

Gareth Beard, 35, claimed his phone was stolen from a McDonald's restaurant in Croydon, south London.

He entered his own crime report on to the Met's crime reporting system, Scotland Yard said.

Beard, who was serving as a PC in the Croydon area, claimed his phone was stolen in April 2010.

He was found guilty of fraud by false representation on 13 September and resigned from the police force.

Beard was handed a six-month sentence, suspended for two years, at Southwark Crown Court.

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