Police-Owned Cameras At Ex-Chief's Home Prompted Ethics Probe

Jun 7, 2019

Credit PF Bentley/Civil Beat

The former director of the Honolulu Ethics Commission says an investigation into a former police chief and his wife began with inquiries about department-owned surveillance cameras at the couple's home.

Charles Totto testified in U.S. District Court in Honolulu Thursday and Friday about the commission's investigation into a possible misuse of city resources.

The FBI later began its own investigation, resulting in an indictment against Louis and Katherine Kealoha and current and former officers. They're accused of framing a Kealoha relative for stealing the couple's mailbox to keep him from revealing fraud that financed their lavish lifestyle.

Surveillance footage from outside the Kealoha home shows a man hoisting the mailbox into a car. Katherine Kealoha's uncle Gerard Puana was charged with the theft. The case was eventually dismissed.