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New Trial For Grandma Who Sued Katherine Kealoha And Lost

Caleb Jones
In this May 22, 2019, file photo, former Honolulu deputy city prosecutor Katherine Kealoha, left, and her husband, ex-police chief Louis Kealoha, right, walk into federal court in Honolulu.

HONOLULU — A 100-year-old woman who sued her prosecutor granddaughter in a financial dispute and lost is getting a new trial.

Florence Puana and her son Gerard Puana sued ex-prosecutor Katherine Kealoha, saying she stole money from them in a reverse mortgage scheme. A jury in 2015 sided with Kealoha and awarded her $658,000 in damages.

Eric Seitz, a lawyer for the Puanas, says a judge on Friday ruled that there was fraud during the trial and that the verdict should be set aside.

In a separate criminal case, a jury in June found Kealoha guilty of conspiracy in a plot to frame her uncle Gerard Puana to keep him from revealing the scheme.

A lawyer representing Kealoha didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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