Former supervisor with the city indicted on felony charge

Former supervisor with the city indicted on felony charge

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A former traffic signs supervisor with the city was indicted Tuesday on a felony theft charge.

Honolulu Police say Patrick Costa stole more than $45,000 by getting paid for hours he didn't work.

Hawaii News Now first told you about the investigation into Costa last year.  He was suspended after a whistle blower reported that Costa would show up for work at the Halawa yard then drive to his Kailua home.

"On numerous occasions the investigators followed the defendant and video taped him drive to his Kailua residence where he would remain for hours," said Prosecutor David Van Acker in court Tuesday.

Costa worked for the city for 24-years.  He oversaw a staff of about two dozen who installed and maintained street signs all over Oahu.

"Give credit to a city employee who blew the whistle," says Chuck Totto, Executive Director of the City Ethics Commission.

"We would have never known about it (without that person)," says Totto.

After the investigation was launched, witnesses reported that Costa had been doing this for years.

He was fired in August of last year.

If convicted, he could get ten years in jail.  He does have prior convictions which include a DUI.

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