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Former liquor commission employee pleads not guilty to bribery

Loreto Raquel Loreto Raquel
Circuit Judge Richard Perkins Circuit Judge Richard Perkins

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Trial has been set for September for a former employee of the Honolulu Liquor Commission who's accused of accepting bribes.

Loreto Raquel, Jr. is charged with two counts of bribery, a class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment before Circuit Judge Richard Perkins Monday.

Raquel is accused of accepting money in exchange for providing a card that allows an individual to work at a liquor-serving establishment. Usually, a person would need to take a test in order to obtain such a card.

Defense attorney Thomas Otake says his client is accused of unlawfully accepting about $200 to $300.

Raquel was in charge of training liquor commission investigators. He resigned from his position following his arrest in February.

The defendant is free after posting $11,000 bail.

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