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Former state labor inspector indicted on identity theft charges

A former state Department of Labor inspector is facing charges that he used other people’s names personal information to verify inspections he didn’t perform.

An Oahu grand jury returned an indictment last week charging Hervie E. Messier, who was an inspector with the Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division, with 10 counts of identity theft in the third degree. The crime is a class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison and $10,000 fine.

Messier used the personal information of 10 people from October 2007 to January 2008, according to the indictment.

He prepared false inspection reports and put their names, addresses and telephone numbers on the reports without the people’s permission, said Vince Kanemoto, deputy state attorney general. 

“He wasn’t doing those inspections,” he said.

Messier even claimed mileage reimbursements, Kanemoto said.

The state says Messier no longer works for the Labor Department as an OSHA inspector. His last day on the job was Mar. 31, 2008.

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