He was sentenced to 13 years by a prosecutor in a Hawaii corruption case


The former Honolulu prosecutor was sentenced to 13 years in prison after a judge said her husband used his position as chief of police to find a relative for a crime he had not committed in a corruption case that shook Hawaii.

HONOLULU – A U.S. judge sentenced a former senior Honolulu prosecutor to seven years in prison, saying he stole money from his own grandmother and used her husband’s position as chief of police to frame his uncle for a crime he did not commit. – all to maintain a lavish lifestyle.

The now alienated Katherine and Louis Kealoha were once a recognized power couple. Louis Kealoha, who undertook to retire amid extensive federal investigation, is scheduled to be tried in a separate trial later Monday.

“This case has stirred the community in many ways,” said U.S. District Judge J. Michael Seabright, describing how Katherine Kealoha organized a reverse mortgage system that forced her grandmother to sell her home and that her uncle was at Kealohas ’home. to steal your mailbox. he stole money from children whose trust he managed as a lawyer, cheated on his uncle for his life savings, persuaded his firefighter lover to lie about their relationship, and used his prosecutorial position to turn the drug investigation away from his doctor’s brother.

“Truth can be weirder than fiction,” the judge said.

His lawyer was sentenced to eight years in prison, while prosecutors were sentenced to 14 years.

The jury convicted the Kealohs of conspiracy last year, along with two former officers scheduled to be convicted on Tuesday.

To avoid a second trial, Kealohas later pleaded guilty to bank fraud, saying they had provided false information to obtain loans.

Katherine Kealoha, 51, also pleaded guilty to identity theft, saying she got a police officer to falsify a police report she used to explain negative information on a credit report. He also pleaded guilty to accusing his brother of a drug investigation.

In a letter to the judge, he blamed prescription drug addiction for obscuring the verdict.

“My client was taking drugs, his mind wasn’t clear, and he did a lot of wrong,” his lawyer, Gary Singh, said in court.

Kealoha apologized to his family in court and asked for forgiveness. “Especially my uncle,” he said. “I know you’ve been through so much pain and pain.”

Kealoha’s aunt, Charlotte Puana Malott, read a letter her mother, Florence Puana, wrote before she died in February at the age of 100 about her granddaughter’s “ruthless scheme”.

“I was 90 in 2009 when I agreed to a home reverse mortgage, not really understanding what that meant. It seemed complicated, yet I trusted you in Katherine, ”the letter reads.

Kealoha came to Puana and his son, Gerard Puana, with the idea of ​​wanting to take out a reverse mortgage on his grandmother’s home to help buy a condominium his uncle wanted. Kealoha said he was consolidating his debts and promised his uncle and grandmother to pay off the loan.

She used the money to buy her uncle’s condominium, but instead of paying off the loan, the remaining money was spent on luxury, including $ 26,000 for an induction banquet when her husband became chief of police and $ 10,000 for Mercedes-Benz and Maserati car payments, Judge said.

– He distorted justice. And he did it for his own personal reasons, ”said Michael Wheat, a special federal prosecutor. “To facilitate lifestyle, facade and image in this community.”

Louis Kealoha filed for divorce after his conviction.

Monday’s verdict hearings will be followed by several adjournments. Concerns about the spread of the coronavirus delayed them in March. A November 3 date was changed after officials realized it was election day.

“COVID has been holding us since that time,” the judge said.