Athens police officer arrested on theft charges

A former Athens-Clarke County police officer was arrested Tuesday after investigators said she was paid for hours she never worked.

Cassandra Della Fortuna was booked into the Athens-Clarke County Jail on one count misdemeanor theft, one count felony theft, and one count oath of office violation.

The department began looking into the allegations in April. Investigators with ACCPD’s Criminal Investigations Bureau said they determined she misappropriated Athens-Clarke County residency supplemental funds that she was not entitled to, as well as received pay for hours not worked to the tune of $3,600.

Della Fortuna worked for the department from December 2017 to July 2019.