Former Athens cop arrested for stealing from county

Cassandra Della Fortuna

By Joe Johnson

A former Athens-Clarke County police officer was arrested on theft and other charges Tuesday afternoon for allegedly stealing taxpayer dollars.

Cassandra Della Fortuna, 27, was charged with one count each of felony theft by taking and misdemeanor theft by taking, and violating her oath as an officer, also a felony.

According to a Tuesday evening Athens-Clarke County Police Department media release, the charges stemmed from an ACCPD investigation into allegations that Della Fortuna misappropriated Athens-Clarke County residency supplemental funds that she was not entitled to.

The supplemental pay is a recruitment tool to encourage new officers to live in the county where they work. Della Fortuna, who joined the local police force in December 2017, was booked into the Clarke County Jail with an address in Roswell.

The former officer is also accused of falsifying timecards, ACCPD spokesman Geof Gilland said.

In all, the investigation determined that Della Fortuna inappropriately received in excess of $3,600 from the county, according to the release.

The woman resigned from the police department last week, Gilland said.

She was booked into jail at 3:42 p.m. Tuesday and was released about 45 minutes later upon posting bonds totaling $12,150.

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