LIHUE — The Hawaii State attorney general’s office is investigating the Kauai Police Department’s finances.
“The Kaua‘i Police Department identified inconsistencies involving the accounting and deposit of certain funds received by KPD,” Police Chief Todd Raybuck said Wednesday in a written statement issued in response to inquiries regarding unsubstantiated allegations that a KPD records division employee embezzled tens of thousands of dollars.
Raybuck declined to release any additional information but said the police department has asked the attorney general to conduct a criminal investigation.
An employee with the office’s investigation division said the case had been assigned to Deputy Attorney General Lawrence Tong, who could not be reached for comment.
Police have been aware of the accounting discrepancies for over a month, according to multiple anonymous sources.
The KPD’s administrative records section was closed on Nov. 20 for staff training, according to Kauai County press release. The release did not say what prompted the training, and a county spokesperson did not respond to questions about whether it was connected to the accounting inconsistencies.