Irvine Firefighter Charged with Multiple Counts of Theft
Irvine firefighter, Gregory Mark Konishi, 50, of Rancho Santa Margarita was charged with two counts of burglary (penal code section 459) and two counts of petty theft (penal code section 484(a)) following an investigation into someone stealing small amounts of cash from the Irvine fire captain’s wallet at the fire station.
According to reports, the Irvine Police Department conducted a sting operation where they set up a video camera and gave the fire captain a marked $20 bill to place in his wallet. On two separate occasions, the camera showed Konishi carrying the wallet out of the private bedroom and then returning it 9 minutes later minus the $20 bill.
The Orange County Fire Authority is taking the situation very seriously as firefighters are often in people’s home in emergency situations. Presumably, the OCTA and Orange County District Attorney’s Office will be reviewing Greg Konishi’s work history to see if there are any other suspicious circumstances or lost property.
Konishi earns $70,000 – $95,000 a year as a firefighter/paramedic. Currently, Konishi is on paid administrative leave and has been since his November 5, 2011 arrest. Konishi has pleaded not guilty to all four counts.