The former mayor of Vernon, B.C., was sentenced Tuesday to nine months in prison after pleading guilty to one count of fraud and one of forgery.

Sean Harvey was led out of the courthouse in handcuffs.

The charges related to dealings Harvey had with a former business partner between 2003 and 2005. The court found that he defrauded the business partner of $69,000.

Judge Ellen Burdett ruled out a conditional sentence, calling the offences a well-executed scheme, a significant breach of trust, and motivated by greed.

Before the sentencing, Harvey, 38, called the crimes reprehensible and said he was looking forward to paying his debt to society, and getting on with his life.

His father, Fred Harvey, said he had hoped the judge would be more lenient.

"Of course we were hoping for some value to be put on what he has already faced and the fact he has been making a good effort to become a good citizen," Harvey said.

This is the second conviction for Sean Harvey. He had previously spent 12 months under house arrest for claiming $13,000 in phoney expenses from the City of Vernon while he was mayor.

With files from the Canadian Press