It all started with a traffic ticket issued in 2014, and it has now become
a federal investigation into possible public corruption, or a possible
“ghost” ticket scandal devised by officers to receive more
overtime pay. In essence, the case involves a DUI/speeding ticket that
was dismissed at the request of city prosecutors in 2014. However, because
of differing storylines and a lack of proof for reasonable dismissal of
the ticket, the whole situation has since come into question.
Katherine Kealoha, wife of former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha,
is one of the top deputy prosecutors and was present at the hearing 3
years ago when Adam Wong went to court for his traffic ticket. Kealoha
told the judge that another person had been driving Wong’s car at
the time, a “career criminal,” who she claimed they had in
custody. The judge dismissed Wong’s ticket, but another charge seems
to have never been placed. Since the court date, the federal grand jury
has been investigating whether or not Kealoha lied to help Wong, who she
claims is her electrician, out of the ticket.
Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro has stood by Kealoha throughout
this ordeal, and initially explained that Wong’s ticked dismissal
was due to a “ghost” ticket issue. According to Kaneshiro,
officers were writing fake traffic tickets so that they would have to
appear in court. The officers would then be able to collect overtime pay
for time they themselves orchestrated. Sources say three high-ranking
police officers met with the prosecutors because they were accused of
writing fake tickets.
However, there is no record of any wrongdoing in the accused officers’
records, and the prosecutors have given no evidence to support their claims.
If Kaneshiro lied about the investigation or slandered the officers in
question, he could face charges for giving false testimony before a federal
More recently, Prosecuting Attorney Kaneshiro said that Wong’s citation
was dismissed as part of a plea deal that had to do with the ghost ticket
case. Kaneshiro told Hawaii News Now “It was a plea agreement signed
by me,” however, he has not provided any documentation as proof.
With a large stack of accusations and minimal evidence, the investigation
continues and questions remain. However, defense attorneys are hopeful
that Prosecuting Attorney Kaneshiro’s own words can be used against
him for their own cases. If you have been charged with a DUI, don’t
wait. Take this opportunity to contact me and start building a firm defense
for your case.
For more information about the situation,
If you are facing DUI charges,
contact The Law Offices of Kevin O-Grady, LLC, today!