(AP) — A Honolulu police sergeant charged in a corruption-related investigation targeting the department’s former chief and his former prosecutor wife is pleading guilty.

Court records show Sgt. Daniel Sellers is scheduled to change his plea next week. He previously pleaded not guilty to charges of lying to a federal grand jury and the FBI.

It’s not clear what charges he’s pleading guilty to. Defense attorney Richard Sing declined to comment.

Kealoha case witness or defendant.

Police Sgt. Daniel Sellers leaves a courtroom in March.

Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sellers is a key player in the ongoing investigation of former Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife, former city prosecutor Katherine Kealoha. As a member of the HPD Criminal Intelligence Unit, Sellers reported directly to the chief.

Investigators believe several members of the CIU, including Sellers, took part in the alleged framing of Katherine Kealoha’s uncle, Gerard Puana, for the theft of her mailbox in 2014. He was also part of a 2015 drug raid that has since captured the attention of federal investigators and raised questions about Katherine Kealoha’s brother, who used to own a pain clinic on the Big Island.

Additionally, Sellers was named as a defendant in a civil lawsuit filed by Puana in which he claims Sellers, Kealoha and another alleged co-conspirator in the mailbox case, Minh-Hung “Bobby” Nguyen, broke into Puana’s house and stole $15,000 in cash. According to the lawsuit, Puana planned to use that money to bail himself out of jail. Instead, he spent 72 days there while awaiting trial.

The Kealohas have pleaded not guilty.

Civil Beat reporter Nick Grube contributed to this report.

A note to our readers

While asking for your support is something we don’t like to do, the simple fact is that our reporters, our journalism, and our impact rely on it. Since lifting our paywall and becoming a nonprofit in mid-2016, our local newsroom has benefitted from a stream of charitable support from people who want our type of journalism to survive. People like you who understand that our work is essential to a better-informed community. If you value the work of our journalists, show us with your tax-deductible support.

About the Author