|By Nelson Daranciang, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
A federal prosecutor has named Kealoha as a government witness in a criminal case involving the uncle,
Kealoha said he woke up one night and noticed his mailbox was missing. He said someone had been disturbing his home for about a year, throwing rocks at it, entering his garage, damaging his vehicles and shooting out his windows and front door.
He said he didn't report the incidents at first because he thought he could take care of them on his own. Eventually, he installed security cameras. One day, when his daughter was in the home, he arrived to find the doors he had replaced had been shot out again. So he decided to start making reports.
Kealoha said he reported the stolen mailbox to Deputy Chief
"I didn't keep track or drive the investigation," he said.
Kealoha said he moved his family out of
The department later turned the case over to federal authorities. According to court records, a U.S. Postal inspector looked at Kealoha home surveillance video nine days after the mailbox theft and concluded that the person in the video tearing the mailbox off its support post and placing it in a vehicle appeared to be Puana.
The federal prosecutor said in court records that he intended to introduce evidence that in
The prosecutor said
Puana filed a written response, telling the court that he has no objection to the government's proposed evidence and looks forward to discussing it in front of a jury.
Destroying a mailbox is a crime punishable by up to three years in prison and a fine. Puana has pleaded not guilty. Trial is scheduled for December.
Puana's lawyer, first Assistant Federal Defender
The government has requested Puana provide notice of an alibi defense.
"We're not relying on an alibi defense," Silvert said.
Also scheduled for trial in December in state court is a civil case involving Puana, his mother and his niece.
The Puanas are suing
According to the lawsuit, Kealoha asked for power of attorney from her grandmother in 2009 to arrange the reverse mortgage. The reason for the reverse mortgage was so the grandmother could help her son,
They claim that the
Records provided by
After the purchase, there was
According to the bank records, Kealoha took
The hotel payments include
The car expenses include a
In her written response to the lawsuit, Kealoha said the reverse mortgage was her uncle's idea because he and his mother couldn't qualify for a loan to purchase the condominium and Kealoha refused to co-sign for one. She said the power of attorney was
Kealoha said she never promised to pay off the reverse mortgage, but instead, collected money from her uncle to pay back the money he borrowed from her grandmother.
She said the money she spent from the joint account was either her own funds or reimbursement for money she loaned her grandmother in connection with the attempt to purchase the
Kealoha's grandmother sold her
He said Kealoha gave him
Kealoha said in her written response that her uncle never gave her
To defend herself against the lawsuit, Kealoha turned to her insurer,
McCorriston withdrew and was replaced by another lawyer last December.
Kealoha could not be reached for comment. She is on personal leave from her job as the head of the Honolulu Prosecutor's career criminal division.
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