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Second HPD Officer Found Innocent in Overtime Scheme
Jury exonerates officer of falsifying records.
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A second Honolulu Police officer has been found not guilty in an overtime scandal.
Michael Krekel was found not guilty of charges that he falsified reports so that his supervisors could earn bogus overtime pay. He had faced two charges of tampering with a government record.
Krekel was one of six officers, including two sergeants, accused in the case. Another officer, Leighton Kato, was found not guilty earlier this month of a theft charge and tampering with a government record. A seventh officer, Brian Morris, pleaded guilty.
Kato and Krekel were accused of signing off on reports that claimed two sergeants worked at a DUI roadblock when they had the night off.
Others charged in the case are: Sgt. Aaron Bernal, Sgt. Duke Zoller, officer Christopher Bugarin and officer Patrick Bugarin.
Prosecutors said more than 200 drunken driving cases were dropped as part of their investigation of the Honolulu Police Department’s DUI team.