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Police officer accused of passing sensitive information

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:16 a.m. HST, May 05, 2012

A 19-year Honolulu Police Department officer assigned to Narcotics/Vice Division is facing charges that he passed on sensitive information to a third party then lied about it when questioned by federal investigators.

A federal grand jury returned an indictment Wednesday charging Richard Wayne Raquino with three counts of making false statements.

The indictment was unsealed Friday when Raquino appeared for his arraignment in U.S. District Court.

Raquino pleaded not guilty.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin S.C. Chang is allowing Raquino to remain free pending trial on $10,000 unsecured signature bond.

According to the indictment, Raquino lied to FBI special agents on Jun. 28 last year when he told them he did not reveal to a person identified as C.E. the identity of an undercover HPD officer, tell C.E. how to identify and evade police surveillance and give C.E. the description of an undercover police vehicle. 

HPD says it has reassigned Raquino to restricted duty.

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poidragon wrote:
Make the Ratfink Squeal and spill the beans then lock him up and throw away his pension!
on May 4,2012 | 06:16PM
ejkorvette wrote:
Well Folks, There is your next Senator of Hawaii`!!!
on May 4,2012 | 06:25PM
ejkorvette wrote:
I Also Add, He qualifies for the next Councilperson, Mayor, Govenor, Senator. Another POS in a position of Authority, abusing the position.
on May 4,2012 | 06:26PM
Bothrops wrote:
Our police force is so impressive.
on May 4,2012 | 07:44PM
Changalang wrote:
It certainly appears as if Federal law enforcement is surgically focused on many different HPD problem officers. It seems like they are picking out the black eyed peas vs. a peeling the onion method. I have high respect for any and all law enforcement, but it is very weird how they are moving on so many different areas within HPD so quickly; almost weekly. It is as if they are getting evidence from a high level source that knows a lot about flawed officers in a lot of areas. That only comes with time in. Could be coincidental and proportional to the major increase of agent population on Oahu of late. In any case, public announcements of police corruption is very damaging to public trust. No doubt, there is a new sheriff in town and at this rate a promotion has got to be right around the corner.
on May 4,2012 | 09:26PM
serious wrote:
You are right. The Feds are doing the job that should be done with local leadership oversight! When there is a parade, festival, there are police everywhere, but just look at the gross disrespect for traffic rules at the intersections--where are they?
on May 5,2012 | 05:09AM
whs1966 wrote:
Ah, yes...another member of "Honolulu's Finest" is in trouble. As some of the other comments suggest, the Feds are doing the housecleaning the HPD leadership should be doing. Does the leadership even acknowledge that there's a serious problem throughout the ranks? Are the many honest, hard-working members pushing to clean things up since every time one of their brothers is busted it reflects on them, damaging their image in the community?
on May 5,2012 | 06:37AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
These arrests should be coming from inside the department. It shouldn't take federal investigators to root out our meth selling, weed growing, and dirty cops. Identifying undercover police to druggies put those honest cops lives in danger and is unforgivable.
on May 5,2012 | 08:27AM
allie wrote:
very true..Kealoha is a joke though. We need a real police captain from the mainland.
on May 5,2012 | 08:38AM
kahu808 wrote:
And your assessment is based on what? Oh yeah, you're the (insert list of organization/certain person) hater.
on May 5,2012 | 09:01AM
kahu808 wrote:
Corruption by a public official is a federal crime, hence the arrest is by the feds.
on May 5,2012 | 08:58AM
allie wrote:
another dirty cop?
on May 5,2012 | 08:38AM
nitpikker wrote:
think about it. cops grow up with the criminal element (friends and/or relatives). very hard to cut all ties. having said that I still have a healthy distrust of cops in general.
on May 5,2012 | 12:13PM
kahu808 wrote:
When you join an organization such as law enforcement, you have to make up your mind where you're going to stand. Cops also grow up with good role models, the generation of good cops who did the right thing throughout their career. The vast majority of police officers take their oath seriously. The ones who violate the trust should be ferreted out and dismissed and prosecuted.
on May 5,2012 | 02:44PM
cojef wrote:
Recruiting process has to be re-examined and emphassis placed on selecting applicants with only the correct psychological profiles relating to integrity. Background checks must be stringent and only the best candidates should be allowed into the police academy. Other than that, there are no guarantees. There will be rogue cops, just as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow morning. Sad that the Honolulu Police Department has been beset by a slew of crooked cops of late.
on May 5,2012 | 05:05PM
kahu808 wrote:
If you discover a foolproof method, let everyone know. The only problem with expecting perfect employees is you have to select them from the human race.
on May 5,2012 | 10:58PM
Russkar wrote:
Can you only imagine what happens to an undercover cop when he's been "flipped"? Throw away the key on this guy....
on September 19,2012 | 08:54PM
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