4 HPD officers to be retried in DUI overtime case

HONOLULU - (HawaiiNewsNow) - Four Honolulu police officers accused of multiple criminal offenses for an alleged overtime scam will be retried.

Prosecutors have filed a new charge of conspiracy to commit theft in the third degree. The officers also face a charge of tampering with governmental records.

The case against Sgt. Aaron Bernal, Sgt. Duke Zoller, Ofr. Christopher Bugarin and Ofr. Patrick Bugarin was dismissed in May when Circuit Judge Edward Kubo Jr. determined the case had taken too long to go to trial. In his ruling Judge Kubo allowed prosecutors to re-file the case.

Prosecutors say the overtime scam has led to more than 200 drunken driving cases being tossed out of court.

The two sergeants are accused of fraudulently collecting overtime by claiming in police reports that they were present at DUI roadblocks even when they were not. The other officers are accused of filing the false reports.

The next hearing is slated for July 26.

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