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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
A Mililani man is accused of distributing illegal gambling machines, yet he's the one comparing the Honolulu Prosecutor to an infamous mobster.
The latest raid on suspected illegal gambling machines happened at the Fun Zone in Kalihi on Thursday. The distributor of the products is angry and is now calling out Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro betting he doesn't have enough proof to get a conviction.
"I'd like to publicly challenge Keith," said Tracy Yoshimura, PJY Enterprises. "To charge us or leave us alone and release the equipment he is holding."
Tracy Yoshimura is beyond frustrated because he says there have been 20 raids in the past 13 months and 190 of his Products Direct Sweepstakes machines worth more than $800,000 have been confiscated and held by Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro.
"I compare him to the gangster John Gotti wherein John didn't like somebody he would go in and shoot up the place and destroy everything in the business and walk away hoping that's the end of you. In this case Keith comes in, takes our equipment and claims he's doing it in conjunction with an ongoing investigation," said Yoshimura.
The Prosecutors office says it cannot comment on the ongoing investigation and would only say it will hold the evidence as long as necessary.
"We did extensive legal research, and there are case laws across the nation that support our position that indicate that these machines are gambling machines," said Keith Kaneshiro, in a press conference September 28, 2012 after the first raid.
That was a year ago still no charges and no timeline.
"I would actually beg him to give me my day in court by charging me," said Yoshimura.
Yoshimura says he went to law enforcement before starting his business but no one responded. Then he got approvals from the Liquor Commission to use the machines at 40 locations, which he says is more than any of the other companies who have similar machines have done.
"However he's elected to come after me the only one that does have that type of approval to operate," said Yoshimura.
Time will tell if Kaneshiro reveals his hand and files charges in the case.