New charges filed in Kealohas’ criminal case

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A new indictment filed in federal court Thursday adds three new criminal charges to the case against retired Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his deputy prosecutor wife, Katherine.

Two of the charges are for obstruction of justice. The indictment alleges, Katherine caused Ransen Taito and his sister to lie to the federal grand jury about their trust accounts.

Katherine was in charge of the trust accounts for the siblings after their father passed away. The federal government claims Katherine used their money to pay for her own expenses.  

In January, Taito plead guilty to conspiracy after he admitted he lied to the grand jury. Taito testified in court that when he was subpoenaed by the FBI in 2016 to testify to the grand jury, Kealoha told him to say that he and his sister already received the money or their mother would go to jail. 

Taito said later that day Kealoha met with them and made him sign several documents saying they received the money, even using different colored ink to make it look like they were done at different times.

Taito is scheduled for sentencing in July and is expected to be a witness in the case against the Kealohas. 

The third charge introduced in Thursday’s indictment involves one of the officers that have been named as co-defendants in the case. Prosecutors say then-Major Gordon Shiraishi falsely
stated to the FBI that on June 22, 2013, at around 9:00 a.m., he received a call on his cell phone from Louis Kealoha complaining that his mailbox was gone.

The government claims Shiraishi then contacted co-defendant Lieutenant Derek Hahn and directed that a technician from the criminal investigations unit be sent to the Kealoha’s home to examine the video surveillance footage. 

Click here to read the entire indictment. 
 

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