Prosecuting Attorney Keith M. Kaneshiro announced Tuesday that Chris Duque, one of the leading investigators of computer and Internet crimes in Hawaii, has joined the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney’s White Collar Crime Unit.
This is the result of a federal grant awarded to the Prosecutor’s Office.
Duque will serve as primary investigator under Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Christopher T. Van Marter, chief of the White Collar Crime Unit.
“Cybercrimes are a major threat because they can involve anything from identity theft to financial fraud to harassment and child pornography,” Kaneshiro said. “Anyone can be a victim. Chris brings a wealth of expertise to this office and his hiring should send a message that we intend to investigate and prosecute cybercrimes to the fullest extent of the law.”
Duque's distinguished career in law enforcement includes 30 years with the Honolulu Police Department. He headed HPD’s White Collar Crime Unit where he came to be recognized as an authority in computer forensics and cybercrime investigations. He also was instrumental in forming the Hawaii Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Since his retirement from HPD, Duque has been active as an educational speaker and consultant on the topic of cybercrimes.