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EXCLUSIVE: FBI moving forward with case against HPD chief, prosecutor wife

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The FBI investigation into alleged civil rights violations by Honolulu's police chief and his wife is moving forward.  

Sources say a special prosecutor from San Diego is overseeing the case. That prosecutor was appointed by the U.S. Attorney General's Office in Washington, D.C.  

Sources also say subpoenas are going out and an investigative grand jury could hear the case later this year.

Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife, Katherine, a high-ranking Honolulu prosecutor, had their mailbox stolen in 2013. They accused her uncle, Gerard Puana, of the crime. The charges were eventually dismissed and the uncle's attorney says his client was treated unfairly by HPD officers.

In the wake of the criminal case involving the Kealohas' mailbox, attorney Alexander Silvert, the public defender who represented Puana, said, "I'm interested in presenting evidence that I believe amounts to either civil rights violations or obstruction of justice type of charges."

Chief Kealoha has repeatedly denied overstepping his authority; the couple won the civil suit involving the uncle.

But sources say Silvert gave the FBI evidence that shows documents in the mailbox case were doctored, surveillance video mysteriously disappeared and that a specialized group of officers were assigned to investigate and arrest the uncle.

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