NWGA Scanner | February 7th, 2022

Former Summerville Police officer sentenced to 20 years for stealing funds

According to Chattooga County Superior Court records, a former Summerville Police officer is heading to prison after stealing thousands of dollars from a city charity and a drug fund. Stacy Rena Fountain, 47, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Wednesday afternoon to serve four years in prison and 20 years of probation under Georgia’s First Offender’s Act. She was sentenced by Judge Brian House. “The Summerville Police Department and Fire Department are pleased that the case, which began in 2017, has been resolved. We hope to continue to move forward with rebuilding any trust that was lost because of this. We would also like to thank the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, Floyd County District Attorney’s office staff and Floyd County District Attorney Leigh Patterson for their hard work in investigating and preparing this complex case,” Summerville Police Chief Harold Tucker said. As part of her sentence, Fountain will be required to pay $78,770 in restitution to the Summerville Police Department “(Fountain shall also pay $17,900 restitution to the pro-bation office for the benefit of Gallagher Bassett Insurance. Priority shall be given to the city of Summerville Police Department. No funds shall be disbursed to Gallagher Bassett Insurance until restitution to the city of Summerville Police Department is paid in full.” Fountain pleaded guilty to four counts of theft by taking, two counts of theft by conversion and a count of violation of oath by a public officer. Fountain admitted to withdrawing money from the Santa In Uniform charity and other affiliated city accounts in October 2017. The case started when a city employee discovered money was missing from the Santa in Uniform banking account. An employee questioned why the balance was low, especially after completing fundraisers. The police chief and Captain Harold Tucker immediately began digging into the issue because they agreed the balance should have been much higher. The Santa fund is not part of the city’s accounts. It’s a separate account controlled by officers and firemen was not part of the city’s annual audit. Since the money has been questioned, the police department has pulled back from the Santa in Uniform program. Now it’s controlled by a non-profit 501(c)3 board.