Former police officers sentenced to prison for framing innocent man

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      On June 21, 2013, members of the Honolulu Police Department’s Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU) participated in a conspiracy with Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife, prosecutor Katherine Kealoha, to frame Katherine’s uncle, Gerard Puana, with stealing the Kealohas’ mailbox to obtain bank statements. The Kealohas’ motive for framing Gerard was to discredit and intimidate him after he accused Katherine of committing fraud against him and his elderly mother—Katherine’s grandmother—Florence Puana.

      In 2007, Katherine Kealoha tricked her uncle into investing $70,000 into an account that she periodically withdrew from without his knowledge. In 2009, Katherine convinced Florence to place a reverse mortgage on Florence’s family home. Katherine promised Florence that she would pay off the reverse mortgage after using some of the proceeds to consolidate the Kealohas’ debt. Instead, unbeknownst to Florence, Katherine funneled the reverse mortgage proceeds into a bank account that Katherine controlled.

      The Kealohas stole more than $148,000 from Florence and spent the money on various personal expenses, including Elton John concert tickets, Mercedes and Maserati car payments, a trip to Disneyland, and a $23,976 brunch tab at the Sheraton Waikiki to celebrate Louis Kealoha’s induction as Honolulu Police Chief in 2009. In the meantime, Katherine made no payments on the reverse mortgage, allowed the balance to balloon out of control, and diverted mortgage statements away from Florence’s mailbox to keep Florence from discovering the money was missing.

      After Florence and Gerard filed a civil lawsuit against Katherine, she attempted to have Florence declared legally incompetent, while her husband and his co-conspirators had Gerard arrested for a crime he did not commit.

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      “As we act, let us not become the evil that we deplore.” Barbara Lee
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      …tells you all you need to know about police and their methods.

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