- Associated Press - Saturday, October 21, 2017

HONOLULU (AP) - A former Honolulu police chief who retired amid a federal investigation into department-wide corruption has been indicted and arrested.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Wheat says Louis Kealoha and his wife, Katherine, a deputy prosecutor, surrendered to federal authorities outside their home Friday.

An FBI investigation started after the couple accused her uncle of stealing a mailbox from their home in an upscale neighborhood.

The uncle, Gerard Puana, went to trial for the theft but the case abruptly ended in a mistrial and charges were dismissed. Puana’s federal defender Alexander Silvert accused the Kealohas of framing his client to discredit him in a family financial dispute.

Silvert raised accusations including that police falsified reports and used a special unit to monitor Puana illegally. The attorney took those accusations to the FBI.


Associated Press writer Audrey McAvoy contributed to this report.



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