Defrauded siblings say they trusted former prosecutor

HONOLULU — Ransen Taito and his sister trusted Katherine Kealoha, a longtime family friend who managed $170,000 their father left them when he died.

But the former Honolulu prosecutor stole the money to get home loans, pay off credit cards and buy plane tickets for the Big Island firefighter she had an affair with.

Taito told Hawaii News Now he felt like his chance to face her in court was taken from him when Kealoha pleaded guilty to her crimes in federal court last week.

He says he wanted to confront Kealoha.

The guilty pleas from Kealoha and her husband, retired Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha, came after a jury in June convicted them of framing a relative to keep him from revealing fraud that financed their lavish lifestyle.

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Information from: KGMB-TV, http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/

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