Honolulu police lieutenant charged with tax violations

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A Honolulu police lieutenant was arrested and charged with multiple tax violations.

Eric Yiu was charged on Oct. 8, 2018 with six counts of filing false and fraudulent tax returns for tax years 2011-2016.

The charges were the result of a joint investigation conducted by the Honolulu Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Hawaii Department of Attorney General, and the Department of Taxation.

Yiu faces imprisonment of not more than three years, or probation and a fine of not more than $100,000 per count if convicted of filing false and fraudulent tax returns in violation of Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) Section 231-36.

“The Department will aggressively enforce Hawaii’s tax laws, particularly with those individuals in positions of public trust. Those individuals should be held to a higher standard.  This will ensure the integrity of a fair tax system where we all pay our share,” said Linda Chu Takayama, Director for the Department of Taxation.

A spokeswoman from the Honolulu Police Department says Yiu has 29 years of service and is assigned to the Central Receiving Division. 

His police powers were restricted in June. 

An internal administrative investigation is continuing.

“If these allegations are true, we are deeply disappointed that one of our officers would violate any of the laws that we are all required to abide by.  We will continue to work with investigators from the Hawaii Department of Taxation and Department of the Attorney General,” said acting Police Chief Jonathon Grems.

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