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Local comedian pleads no contest to tax evasion

Rodney Villanueva Rodney Villanueva

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A well-known local entertainer hopes to avoid jail time after pleading no contest to tax evasion charges Thursday.

Rodney Villanueva is a comedian and actor, and serves as master of ceremonies at local events.

State prosecutors say the 55-year-old failed to file general excise tax and individual income tax returns from 2002 to 2006, and also made fraudulent statements on one return.

The defense calls it a misunderstanding.

Villanueva faces up to three years in prison after pleading no contest to 10 charges.

The defense will ask a judge to grant Villanueva a deferral at the next hearing in January.

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