Police major indicted for extortion, witness tampering

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -A federal grand jury Friday indicted police major Carlton S. Nishimura, 55, of Waianae on charges of extortion, attempting to tamper with a witness, and making false statements.

According to the three count indictment which was unsealed today, Nishimura, while working as a captain of the Honolulu Police Department, conspired to obtain money from an operator of an illegal game room in the Honolulu, in exchange for the performance and non-performance of official police acts by Nishimura from April 2004 to March 2006.

Count Two of the indictment charges Nishimura with attempting to tamper with a witness in February 2009 by attempting to corruptly persuade the witness to make false and misleading statements to FBI agents.

Count Three charges Nishimura with making false statements to FBI agents in connection with the investigation.

Nishimura, currently a major of the Honolulu Police Department, voluntarily surrendered to federal authorities this morning without incident and appeared in the United States District Court before United States Magistrate Judge Kevin Chang for an initial appearance this afternoon.

Nishimura pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released today on conditions set by the Magistrate Judge.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI and United States Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigations Division, with the cooperation of the Honolulu Police Department. The case is being prosecuted in federal court by Assistant United States Attorneys Susan Cushman and Thomas Muehleck.

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