Aurora police officer charged with theft by deception

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AURORA, Ill. — An Aurora police officer is facing misdemeanor theft charges. She’s accused of fabricating a call so she could collect some overtime pay.

Police say that on September 29 Officer Kimberly Hanson, 43, radioed that she was assisting a motorist and was going to stay until a tow truck arrived.

By the time she made it back to police headquarters her regular 8-hour shift was extended by an hour, making her eligible for overtime pay at time-and-a-half.

But the video system in Hanson’s squad car showed the vehicle whose driver she was supposed to be helping was actually empty, and parked.

She was charged with theft by deception after an internal investigation. The amount of money lost was $71.14.

She has been on administrative leave with pay since October 3. A warrant for her arrest was issued on November 3 and she turned herself in on November 8.

Hanson posted $100 bail. Her next court date is pending.

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