HONOLULU — An FBI raid on the Honolulu prosecuting attorney’s office is the latest action in a growing corruption scandal involving the chief of police and his prosecutor wife.
FBI agents served a search warrant at the downtown Honolulu office Friday morning, Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro said in a statement. The office cooperated with agents and provided the information requested in the warrant, he said.
The raid comes as a federal grand jury is looking into corruption allegations in the Honolulu Police Department. Chief Louis Kealoha went on paid leave last month after receiving notice that he’s the target of the investigation. Last week, he agreed to retire and details of his retirement agreement are being worked out.
A federal judge would have had to agree there was probable cause for a search warrant and the raid is a sign the FBI believes there’s criminal activity in the prosecutor’s office, said Alexander Silvert, a federal public defender who went to the FBI with allegations of civil rights abuses and corruption at the police department.