EXCLUSIVE: HPD's top brass subpoenaed in investigation into police chief

Published: Nov. 12, 2015 at 9:52 PM HST|Updated: Nov. 13, 2015 at 5:12 PM HST
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Katherine Kealoha (center) confers with her attorneys during a civil suit. (Image: Hawaii News...
Katherine Kealoha (center) confers with her attorneys during a civil suit. (Image: Hawaii News Now/File)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - There's been another major development in the federal investigation of Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his prosecutor wife, Katherine.

Police sources say FBI agents met with Honolulu Police Department brass recently to deliver subpoenas in the case against the department's top cop.

"This is something that should be taken seriously," said Aaron Hunger, a former police officer and now a criminal justice instructor.

The subpoenas were received by an assistant chief who runs HPD's Finance Division, which might indicate that the orders were for documents and records.

As Hawaii News Now first reported, a special prosecutor from the mainland was assigned to oversee the case. Michael Wheat is a California based federal prosecutor who has 30-years of experience with a track record of taking on public corruption.

Hunger said the issuance of subpoenas means the case is moving forward. "This is the beginning of the criminal trial," he said. "This is a big thing."

The troubles for the Kealohas all started in 2013, when their mailbox was taken. They blamed Katherine's uncle, but the case was dropped.

HPD's handling of the case is the issue now.

Sources tell me subpoenas have gone out to other agencies, but this is the first set for the chief's department. There could be more subpoenas sent out before an investigative grand jury hears the case.

"How quickly the department turns these over is one factor in how quickly we move to the next step," Hunger said. "The holidays coming up is also a factor into how quickly this will progress."

Kealoha has told his command staff that the investigation will be prove he has done nothing wrong.

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