Closing arguments expected in Hawaii public corruption trial

HONOLULU — Closing arguments are set for Tuesday in a trial for that’s been described as Hawaii’s biggest public corruption case.

Former Honolulu deputy prosecutor Katherine Kealoha and her retired police chief husband, Louis Kealoha, are on trial with current and former officers. Prosecutors say the Kealohas conspired with officers in a secret police unit to frame Katherine Kealoha’s uncle for stealing their home mailbox.

Prosecutors say she wanted to frame Gerard Puana to keep him from revealing fraud that financed the couple’s lavish lifestyle. Prosecutors say the couple’s motive was to discredit him in a lawsuit he filed claiming Katherine Kealoha stole money from him and her grandmother.

Attorneys for the Kealohas are expected to deliver their closing arguments later Tuesday.

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