Katherine Kealoha

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Katherine Puana Kealoha is a former deputy prosecutor with the City and County of Honolulu, and a convicted felon. She resigned from the position of deputy prosecutor in September 2017 after she and her husband Louis Kealoha were indicted on eight counts of bank fraud. Her husband is a former Chief of Police.[1] She grew up in Kahalu‘u, on the windward side of Oahu.[2]

Education[edit]

Kealoha attended high school at the Mid-Pacific Institute. She obtained a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in Criminal Justice Administration at Chaminade University. Kealoha attended the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and received a Juris Doctorate.[3]

Career[edit]

Kealoha worked at the Law Offices of Katherine Kealoha and Associates between 2000 and 2006.[4] Kealoha was appointed as the director of the state Office of Environmental Quality Control in 2009 by then-governor of Hawaii, Linda Lingle.[5]

Legal Issues[edit]

Civil Case[edit]

In 2011, Kealoha was accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from her grandmother, Florence Puana. Kealoha's grandmother and uncle, Gerard Puana filed a civil suit against Kealoha based on the accusations. Kealoha won the civil suit against her grandmother and uncle.[6]

Mailbox Theft Incident[edit]

On June 22, 2013 Kealoha reported to the Honolulu Police that her mailbox was stolen from her home in Kahala. Kealoha alleged that her uncle Gerard could be seen stealing the mailbox on video taken via her home surveillance system. After having the case transferred from Honolulu Police, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service determined that the man in the video was not Gerard Puana. On July 1, 2013, Gerard Puana was charged by federal prosecutors with destroying a mailbox. Puana's trial began on December 4, 2014. While testifying against Puana, Kealoha's husband, Louis Kealoha perpetuated a mistrial by informing the jury about Puana's former criminal conviction. In December 2013, Niall Silva a retired policeman from the Honolulu Police Department, pleaded guilty to conspiring with Katherine Kealoha to frame Gerard Puana.[7]

On June 27, 2019, Kealoha was convicted of federal conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges.[8]

In January 2020, Kealoha is schedule for trial on allegations of bank fraud and identity theft. The next trial, for alleged drug crimes, is scheduled for May.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Katherine Kealoha resigns as deputy prosecutor". KHON2. Nexstar Broadcasting Inc. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  2. ^ Dashefsky, Howard (May 2010). "Dynamic Duo" (PDF). law.hawaii.edu. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Hawaii Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation". hlemf.org. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Katherine Kealoha, Esq". LinkedIn.Com. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Kealoha gets environmental nod". Honolulu Star Bulletin. 9 February 2008. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  6. ^ Kawano, Lynn (24 August 2017). "'I felt like I was nothing': Grandma who launched Kealoha probe speaks out". Hawaii News Now. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Timeline: Case against Kealohas began with alleged mailbox theft". Honolulu Star Advertiser. 20 October 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  8. ^ Nakaso, Dan; Perez, Rob (2019-06-27). "Louis and Katherine Kealoha, 2 co-defendants found guilty of conspiracy, obstruction". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  9. ^ Kawano, Lynn, "Katherine Kealoha refuses to leave detention center for court hearing"[1].