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Milwaukee Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Insurance Fraud

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A police officer who was hurt while sledding on duty has pleaded guilty to insurance fraud.

Kevin Clark, 35, was fined $500 after entering the plea, Milwaukee County Deputy District Attorney Jon Reddin said Wednesday.

He faced up to nine months in jail and a $10,000 fine.

The criminal complaint said Clark told a worker's compensation official that he was hurt chasing a prowler, and he received $11,485 in injury pay from Jan. 28 to May 8, before it was cut off.

Reddin said Clark committed a crime when he gave the false story to the official.

Clark, who entered his plea Friday, was the third and final officer from the late shift at the Milwaukee Police Department District 3 office charged in the matter.

Authorities said the officers from the department's District 3 office, which patrols the city's west side, allegedly were sledding at Calvary Cemetery while on duty early the morning of Jan. 27.

Sgt. Brian Hinkle was charged with felony misconduct in office and officer George Valovic was charged with the misdemeanor of obstructing an officer in the case.

Clark, Hinkle and Valovic all remain on paid leave while the department continues to investigate the incident, said Sgt. Ken Henning, a police spokesman.

Three other officers at the sledding hill also remain under investigation, Henning said.

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