Two HPD officers charged in alleged overtime pay scheme demand jury trial

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two Honolulu police officers accused of helping their supervisors fraudulently collect overtime pay pleaded not guilty and asked for a jury trial Thursday.

Ofr. Christopher Bugarin and Ofr. Patrick Bugarin are each charged with conspiracy to commit third-degree theft and record tampering. Their trial is tentatively set for August 11th.

The brothers are among seven members of HPD's DUI enforcement team who were originally charged in the case.

Sgt. Aaron Bernal and Sgt. Duke Zoller are accused of collecting overtime they didn't earn by claiming in police reports that they were present at DUI roadblocks when they were not. Five of their subordinates were charged with filing the false reports.

The two sergeants are awaiting trial.

Ofr. Brian Morris pleaded guilty to record tampering in March, and is scheduled to be sentenced in September.

Ofr. Leighton Kato and Ofr. Michael Krekel went to trial and were acquitted of the charges against them.

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