Ex-Kauai police commission member admits gambling

Ex-Kauai police commission member admits gambling
Bradley Chiba (right)
Bradley Chiba (right)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A former Kauai police commissioner pleaded guilty to running a sports gambling enterprise that netted about $10,000 a month in bets.

Bradley Chiba, 37, says he collected bets and paid winnings on a weekly basis while he still served on the commission.

On Monday, he pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Leslie Kobayashi for operating a sports bookmaking scheme and for filing a false tax return.

"He's involved in gambling," said his attorney Michael Green.

"He's unfortunately probably one of 10,000 in Hawaii and it's against the law."

Chiba has served on the police commission for about three years but resigned in February after the FBI raided his Lihue home on Super Bowl Sunday.

He continues to work for the state prison systems, where he heads the Kauai Intake Service Center and earns about $91,000 a year. The state Department of Public Safety said it's still investigating.

"It's a hard lesson. He'll probably lose his job and hopefully he will get on with his life," Green said.

Chiba agreed to forfeit $29,000 in gambling proceeds.

He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,00 fine when he is sentenced in October.

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