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Ex-police chief, deputy prosecutor wife indicted on more federal charges

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Honolulu's former police chief and his deputy prosecutor wife have been indicted on additional federal charges.

The new charges were filed Thursday in a 48-page superseding indictment.

Louis and Katherine Kealoha were arrested in October after a sweeping, 20-count indictment charged the two with a laundry list of crimes, which they've pleaded not guilty to: Conspiracy, fraud, obstruction of justice, identity theft, lying to federal agents.

The new indictment takes it from 20 counts to 23. Two of those additional counts were for obstruction, the third was for lying to a federal officer.

The former power couple are at the center of a massive public corruption case that's also netted several former and current police officers, and rocked Honolulu's law enforcement community.

And the years-long investigation isn't done yet.

In January, Hawaii News Now reported that city Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro is also the target of another FBI probe connected to the allegations against the Kealohas. 

The Kealohas are out on bond pending their trial.

They have taxpayer-funded attorneys after telling Chief Judge John Michael Seabright that they could not afford their own attorneys due to large mortgage payments on the Hawaii Kai home.  

The investigation into the couple all stems from an alleged effort to frame one of their relatives, Gerard Puana, who was embroiled in a battle with the power couple over money. 

According to the FBI, the Kealohas stole money from Puana and his mother, and then tried to frame Puana for the theft of a mailbox.  He was arrested and charged but the case was eventually dropped after Louis Kealoha's testimony caused a mistrial.

Meanwhile, the superseding indictment's two additional obstruction counts stems from the case involving Ransen Taito, who has pleaded guilty to conspiracy for allegedly lying to the grand jury.

Federal special prosecutor Michael Wheat says in court filings that Taito did so at the urging of Katherine Kealoha, who had been appointed guardian of a trust account for Taito and his sister when they were children. The $167,000 in the account was the result of a malpractice suit over their father's death.

The new counts charge Kealoha with allegedly using the money for personal expenses for herself and her husband, including refinancing their Hawaii Kai home. When Taito turned 18, Kealoha is accused of preparing false bank documents to reflect larger account balances.

The superseding indictment also expands the role former HPD Maj. Gordon Shiraishi played in the alleged crimes.

Shiraishi was initially only charged with lying to the grand jury, but now he is included in the conspiracy with the Kealohas and the other officers, all whom worked under Shiraishi in the Crime Reduction Unit.


WATCH: Lynn Kawano Investigates: The Case Against the Kealohas


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