Honolulu FBI agents, in concert with investigators from the State Attorney General’s office, arrested a Honolulu police officer Friday after a federal grand jury returned an indictment on Wednesday, charging him with five counts of honest services wire fraud.
Maulia LaBarre, 34, was arrested without incident near the State AG investigator’s office downtown. He was then transported to the Federal Detention Center where he remained until his initial appearance on Monday in federal court.
There, LaBarre pleaded not guilty. He was released on $25,000 bond.
According to the indictment, LaBarre breached his duty of honesty and loyalty to the citizens of the City and County of Honolulu and the HPD to act in the public’s interest and not for his own illicit enrichment.
The indictment alleges that, between January and March 2016, LaBarre solicited, and agreed to accept, sex from an individual by promising to arrange to have an arresting officer not appear to testify in a pending case involving prostitution charges against that individual.
LaBarre is alleged to have sent wire communications in the form of text messages for the purpose of executing his criminal scheme.
If convicted of the charges in the indictment, LaBarre faces a maximum of 20 years in prison on each count. Trial begins in November.