Former Fredericton police officer sentenced to jail time after pleading guilty to fraud

A former Fredericton police officer accused of defrauding a provincial policing organization has been sentenced to ten months in jail. 

The Daily Gleaner reports 39-year-old Michael Craig Cook, who defrauded the organization of $47,000, pleaded guilty last month to an indictable count of fraud. 

He appeared in court Thursday for sentencing. 

Court heard, as reported in The Daily Gleaner, that Cook used his position as treasurer of the New Brunswick Police Association (NBPA) to write himself almost $10,000 in unjustified cheques and he also charged more than $37,000 in expenses to the association credit card he had in his name. 

Some of the illegal expenses included a $200 charge to an Ottawa strip club, personal phone bills, car repairs, and a family vacation to Florida. 

The newspaper says court was also told by defence lawyer George Kalinowski that Cook resigned from the force immediately following his guilty plea.

~ With files from The Daily Gleaner.