Katherine Kealoha indicted on drug distribution charges
The sixteen-page court document is laced with charges of abuse of power and the distribution of powerful opioid painkillers illegally prescribed by Big Island doctor Rudolph Puana, Katherine Kealoha's brother.
The documents list oxycodone, fentanyl, and xanax and details how Kealoha thwarted investigations into her brother's case and describes how Kealoha assigned herself as the prosecutor to an investigation after she was informed by law enforcement that Puana and another individual were buying and using cocaine.
Doing that gave enabled Kealoha to quote "steer law enforcement scrutiny away from her brother's felonious conduct in that drug conspiracy."
The indictment charges the siblings and several unnamed co-conspirators.
Puana and Kealoha are expected to make an intitial federal court appearance Wednesday.
Kealoha and her husband former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha are expected to go to trial in March on unrelated corruption charges.