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Former officer accused of taking cop's funeral money

Pelham Police Officer John Mucci's cruiser is decorated outside of City Hall in this April 6, 2015 photo. Pelham Police Officer John Mucci's cruiser is decorated outside of City Hall in this April 6, 2015 photo.
Officer Mucci died of natural causes on April 3, 2015. (Source: Family photo) Officer Mucci died of natural causes on April 3, 2015. (Source: Family photo)
GoFundMe has places on its website that allows users to report fraud. (Source: GoFundMe) GoFundMe has places on its website that allows users to report fraud. (Source: GoFundMe)
LEESBURG, GA (WALB) -

Investigators said they arrested a former police officer after he was caught taking money from a crowdfunding account disguised as one for funeral expenses.

David Hans Smith, 43, was arrested in Leesburg and charged with theft by taking.

According to a report, Smith set up a GoFundMe account claiming to raise money for the family of Pelham Police officer John Mucci, shortly after Mucci's death on April 3.

But the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Smith diverted more than $17,000 of the donated money for his personal use.

None of the money was ever given to Mucci's family. Officer Mucci was 29-years-old when he died of natural causes.

Lee County authorities say Smith was booked in their jail, and has since been released.

GoFundMe is a crowdfunding website that allows users to create campaigns for monetary support.

The site does have resources that allow users to report fraud.

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