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A former Honolulu police chief turned himself in to the FBI on Friday in connection with a public corruption investigation into a former Honolulu police chief.

Keith Mitsuyoshi Kaneshiro surrendered just before 6 a.m. local time and was charged with fraudulent service fraud and conspiracy against federal program bribery and usurpation, FOX affiliate KHON2 reported.

He received a letter of intent from the Department of Justice in 2018 after allegations against former Honolulu police chief Louis Keloha and his wife, former deputy prosecutor Catherine Keloha, became the focus of a corruption investigation.

Until a change of leadership in 2020, Kaneshiro was placed on paid leave as Honolulu’s lawyer for the last two years of his term.

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Former Honolulu Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro has been charged with felony criminal mischief for plotting to assassinate a federal lawmaker.

Former Honolulu Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro has been charged with felony criminal mischief for plotting to assassinate a federal lawmaker.
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Friday’s indictment also named Mitsunaga and others associated with the Associates engineering firm. Federal prosecutors have accused the firm of conspiring to infringe on the civil rights of its former employees, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

That employee sued the firm for age discrimination. In 2014, at the firm’s request, Caneshiro sued the employee for four counts of theft. Officials allege that the employee billed the firm for time while working in unauthorized side jobs and using the firm’s resources – email and phone – for those jobs, KHON reported.

Allegations against the employee were dropped in 2017. Fox News has reached out to federal officials.

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