Police finances under investigation

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.

  1. Fraud December 13, 2019 3:43 am Reply

    Fraud everywhere at the county and state depts. on Kauai.

    There were 4 county of Kauai audits that proved there were theft by the employees for not being properly charged for annual leave, sick leave, and improper use of gov charge cards.

    KPD has had its fair share of theft with the Kapua theft case and spiking of overtime that ran over millions.

    KFD is now under scrutiny for spiking as well but many have known its been going on for decades.

    DLNR has a huge case pending on theft and other multiple internal crimes committees through cooking the books.

    The county of Kauai and the former Mayor lies to the public when a press release stated they couldn’t find a competent Certified Professional Accountant. A letter from the wife of the husband who managed a billion dollar budget applied and was told he was qualified and they had a better candidate.

    Fraud everywhere.

    We are not even talking about the nonprofits.

  2. tunataxi December 13, 2019 7:46 am Reply

    Mel Rapozo will get to the bottom of it…. lol

  3. Joe Public December 13, 2019 9:45 am Reply

    So much for transparency

  4. LMat December 13, 2019 10:21 am Reply

    How very un-surprising…
    We’ll see if the public gets any follow-up info on this or if it will be quietly taken care of and hushed up like so many other issues and investigations within KPD. Not holding my breath…
    Chief Raybuck, here’s to hoping you clean up your guys and present us with a more respectable and trustworthy force.

  5. harry oyama December 13, 2019 12:41 pm Reply

    It is of no surprise that KPD has taken a “special interest” of Oahu’s “finest” regarding their HPD chief Louis Kealoha and his wife Prosecutor Kathrine Kealoha, both facing multiple federal charges. Fine example of leading by example.

    The problem with having the State attorney investigate Kauai’s “finest”, is because the State itself is infested with political cronies beholden to the very corrupt Demoncratic system. KPD should instead by investigated by the FBI as in the case of Oahu’s HPD chief Kealoha.

  6. Debra Kekaualua December 13, 2019 6:45 pm Reply

    There are several dozen unyet exposed “guilty” stolen mailboxes cok and cok state personnel, leaders, directors, those voted in by those that never pay attention! All of it is far above the ethics commission. The guilty have been playing above the law for so long, that weve made several lists checked it twice! Bee4 Christmas, five more Kauai corporates and nonprofit corporates will have some explaining to do and as we pen this TGI, they are being exposed! staytuned!

  7. What Happened December 13, 2019 7:58 pm Reply

    What happened to the cheating scandal?

    Swept under the rug like how Perry used to hide and cover up everything.

    That’s why the people didn’t elect him as a county council. Kauai knew he was dirty.

    Majority of the department is dirty.

  8. Fearmenot January 5, 2020 1:29 am Reply

    Its funny how the public knows exactly what is going on through experiences. I myself know about the VICE departments fraud with illegal trafficing of arms, drugs, and goods. Then controling its profits and selecting officals to be syndicated crime lords. Kauai was runned by corrupt narrsisitic sosiopaths who would stop at nothing to see there friends and families could enjoy free kick backs and tax deductions. I hope the whole justice system knows what they did to the publics trust and make efforts to build a bridge to those who have been ailenated or moved away in fear of retaliation for whistleblowing because there whole life got turned upsidedown for doing the righy thing. Shame and pathetic to the hypocricy of a chief and mayor thats moto was do as i say not as i do.

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