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Cops fired in overtime abuse scandal getting jobs back

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Two fired sergeants from the Honolulu Police Department's traffic division will be getting their jobs back.

Duke Zoller and Aaron Bernal were both fired after a scandal that resulted in a handful of officers facing criminal charges.  They were accused of collecting overtime pay for time they didn't work at DUI checkpoints or lying about the officers who were there.

Some of the others were acquitted, others took plea deals. 

Sergeants Zoller and Bernal pleaded 'no contest' to tampering with government records.  They were granted deferrals so their records could be expunged.  And both were fired.  But Hawaii News Now has learned, the two officers struck a last-chance deal with the department to get their jobs back.  Both sides avoid arbitration by coming to terms.

Under the deal, both will be demoted to the rank of Corporal, they cannot try to promote again for three years, and they will not receive back pay.  Both were fired about a year ago.

The scandal rocked HPD's traffic division and the prosecutors office said they had to dismiss DUI cases because of it.

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