Four Honolulu Cops Face Charges in Overtime Probe

Prosecutors believe they have the evidence to convict four Honolulu police officers charged for a second time in an overtime scheme. All four were part of the police department's DUI enforcement team.


Prosecutors believe they have the evidence to convict four Honolulu police officers charged for a second time in an overtime scheme. All four were part of the police department's DUI enforcement team.

Sgt. Aaron Bernal appeared in District Court Tuesday. He and three other officers are charged with conspiracy to commit third in the third degree and tampering with government records.

Prosecutors claim the officers conspired in a scheme where Bernal and Sgt. Duke Zoller received overtime pay for times they were not on the job.

The original charges were dismissed without prejudice in May because the officers were not prosecuted within 180 days.

Sgt. Bernal has asked the police commission to pay for his defense. The decision is expected in about six weeks.

Bernal, Zoller and officers Christopher and Patrick Bugarin are expected to enter pleas later this summer.

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