Ex-Hawaii prosecutor, police chief get prison for corruption

HONOLULU (AP) – A United States (US) judge sentenced a former high-ranking Honolulu prosecutor to 13 years in prison on Monday and her retired police chief husband to seven years, saying she stole money from her own grandmother and then used his law enforcement power to frame her uncle for a crime he didn’t commit – all to maintain the couple’s lavish lifestyle.

Katherine and Louis Kealoha, now estranged, were once a respected power couple. Louis Kealoha agreed to retire amid a wide-ranging federal investigation. She later gave up her law license.

“This case has staggered the community in many ways,” US District Judge J. Michael Seabright said.

He described how Katherine orchestrated a reverse mortgage scheme that forced her grandmother to sell her home, framed her uncle for stealing the Kealohas’ home mailbox, stole money from children whose trusts she controlled as a lawyer, convinced her lover to lie about their affair and used her position as a prosecutor to turn a drug investigation away from her doctor brother.