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Former city employee indicted for stealing

By Nelson Daranciang

LAST UPDATED: 12:40 p.m. HST, Dec 10, 2013

An Oahu grand jury returned an indictment this morning charging a former city employee with stealing city money by collecting his pay for hours he was at home.

The indictment charges Patrick Costa with first-degree theft.

State Circuit Judge Steven Alm set bail at $25,000.

Prosecutor David Van Acker told Alm that Costa was a supervisor in the city's road maintenance division. He said on numerous occasions between Jan. 1, 2010, to April 30, 2012, Costa checked in for work at the city's Halawa base yard then went home.

Van Acker said investigators for the city ethics commission followed Costa when he drove from the base yard in a city vehicle to his home in Kailua. He said Costa remained at home for hours and sometimes for the rest of his work shift.

The city determined that it paid Costa $45,579 for work that Costa did not perform.

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Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
No wonder our roads are in such horrible conditions!
on December 10,2013 | 11:44AM
AhiPoke wrote:
I'm guessing that this guy was not the only person doing this. He most probably annoyed someone who turned him in. I'm wondering why it took them 28 months, of watching him on "numerous occassions", before they decided to prosecute. I'm also wondering if they're giving him full retirement credit for all those years that he was a cheat.
on December 10,2013 | 12:00PM
agile wrote:
Someone definitely turned him in for this. No way do investigators have "hours" to follow and surveil. They got the tip and acted on it. Co-workers usually know what each other are doing. He sure racked up a lot of extra money! And yes, allowing full retirement is absurd.
on December 10,2013 | 12:15PM
Bumby wrote:
This is going on in many government positions. Cover for me and I cover for you. Many know how to take advantage of the system. Just the way the book is written. Only time people get caught is when the rat appears.
on December 10,2013 | 07:41PM
nitpikker wrote:
they said he used a city vehicle. the kind with the city seal on the door? could be a neighbor or anyone passing by might wonder why a city vehicle is always at his house. i hope he loses his house.
on December 10,2013 | 10:25PM
LMO wrote:
He was fired last August, so no pension.
on December 11,2013 | 02:52AM
joseph007 wrote:
He is not the only person doing this. I see many, many state and city employees wondering around the malls, sleeping in their state/city vehicles in the park daily......
on December 11,2013 | 07:14AM
redneckMT wrote:
Probably already cashing the retirement checks. Will have to pay back the 45 grand @ $25.00/month.
on December 10,2013 | 12:40PM
loquaciousone wrote:
On Christmas Eve the three ghost of Christmas Past will visit Patrick Costa at his Kailua Home and haunt him until he makes full restitution and licks up all the gum on the sidewalks all around Oahu.
on December 10,2013 | 02:47PM
Mythman wrote:
Now you know what the C&C Corporate Counsel is trying to stymie the city ethics commission. It would not be unreasonable to multiply this instance many fold involving the forthcoming billions of dollars of rail work. No one else is watching.
on December 10,2013 | 03:16PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Just the tip of the iceberg I'm afraid. This crook should be made an example of and sent to jail for a long time. Seems every other month brings more news of another public employee caught stealing taxpayer money. The last few thieves worked for the DOE and got off with a slap on the hand. Enough already.
on December 10,2013 | 03:55PM
kahuku01 wrote:
This is not the first because there are a lot of this going on within the city and state government supervisors, especially for those that do drive government vehicles. Just so happens that the Directors for different divisions are not doing their job by keeping an accountability of their supervisors. Makes you wonder why city and state work crews have a reputation for creating job security. This is why a highway city/state worker was stomping his foot on the ground at quitting time, only because the same snail was following the crew from the time they started work.
on December 10,2013 | 04:14PM
Anonymous wrote:
Who was his supervisor? Didn't someone notice his work wasn't getting done? Oh, I forgot...he was in the union.
on December 10,2013 | 04:24PM
kahuku01 wrote:
He was a supervisor himself and supervisors are not a member of the union. It's was the division director's responsibility to know his whereabouts. Evidently the director was too busy to know the whereabouts of his supervisor.
on December 10,2013 | 05:08PM
yhls wrote:
How mucha you Costa?
on December 10,2013 | 05:17PM
sailfish1 wrote:
There are plenty of City, State, and Federal employees sitting in their offices listening to music, playing computer games, trading stocks online, and all kinds of other personal business. There are too many government employees who are not fully working and that is why government costs so much. This is how it has been since government employees have been given near immunity to termination. It is so entrenched that it is also near impossible to fix.
on December 10,2013 | 06:11PM
HD36 wrote:
Thereis hope Salfish, The fix will not come from democratic government refom; but will ony happen when the either the US bond bubble bursts and or the US currency begins to collapse. When you take unfunded liabiites at the present day value, the US is running an annual $6 trillion deficit. March 2014, the Fed will probably increase QE rather than expecte taper. When the world realizes it's mathematically impossible for the US to pay off its debts,... the jig is up... a massive economic collapse is the only thing that will make the msses realize that big government was not the solution, but the problem.
on December 10,2013 | 07:50PM
soundofreason wrote:
So he gets to use th e45k he stole to only have to pay the 2500 cash portion of his bail. He's won again.
on December 10,2013 | 06:30PM
localtodamax808 wrote:
This guy was a supervisor...so that means he has a boss above him that didn't his/her job either in accounting where he was located during the day for over 2 years!!
on December 10,2013 | 07:44PM
gmejk wrote:
If people don't know where you are when you're supposed to be on the job and working then maybe the position should be eliminated.
on December 10,2013 | 08:49PM
LMO wrote:
So these "investigators for the city ethics commission" were following him, and sitting outside his house all day...essentially doing nothing themselves? Sheesh. How do I get one of those jobs?
on December 11,2013 | 02:25AM
Anonymous wrote:
Gotta CLEAN HOUSE, no butts about it !! Start from the TOP !! Awaiting whose going be out of their job.
on December 11,2013 | 12:35PM
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