3-year investigation sparks 414 count indictment against game rooms

SALT LAKE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Another raid and more arrests Friday for employees and owners of game rooms in Honolulu.

Nine people were taken to jail after a three-year investigation by HPD.  The result: a grand jury indictment with 414 counts.

Three of the nine are game room owners, including Tracy Yoshimura.  He is also a distributor of the sweepstakes machines which a federal judge ruled were illegal.  As soon as that ruling was handed down, Yoshimura said he ordered the machines be turned off. He believes the game room employees are being harassed.

Most of the people arrested are part of a lawsuit against HPD and the city after a series of raids.

While HPD did the investigation, it was the state's Attorney General's office that worked the multi-count indictment.

Yoshimura thinks bail for those arrested Friday is excessive, his is $250,000.

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