Honolulu police lieutenant charged with tax violations

HONOLULU – Eric Yiu, a lieutenant with the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) was arrested Thursday by HPD Professional Standards detectives for tax violations.

Yiu was charged on Oct. 8 in Circuit Court with six counts of filing false and fraudulent tax returns for tax years 2011-2016. The charges were the result of a joint investigation conducted by the Honolulu Police Department, the FBI, the Hawaii Department of Attorney General, and the Department of Taxation.

Yiu faces imprisonment of not more than three years, or probation and a fine of not more than $100,000 per count if convicted of filing false and fraudulent tax returns, in violation of Hawaii Revised Statutes Section 231-36.

“The Department will aggressively enforce Hawaii’s tax laws, particularly with those individuals in positions of public trust,” Linda Chu Takayama, director for the Department of Taxation, said in a press release. “Those individuals should be held to a higher standard. This will ensure the integrity of a fair tax system where we all pay our share.”