Three men accused of running a gambling operation appeared before a federal judge on Monday. Delvin Pham, Ken Truong, and Cam Lam were charged in a criminal complaint with running the illegal business from approximately January until November. New court documents revealed that the case against them involves an informant and two Honolulu police officers pretending to take bribes.
The arrests are tied to raids at several suspected gambling rooms. Officers said they seized gambling machines, drugs, and more than $100,000 in the last couple of months. Authorities hauled away evidence from a business on Pauahi Street on Friday. People bet large sums of money on baccarat card games, according to court documents. Authorities raided a site on Smith Street in September and another location on Democrat Street in Kalihi in October.
Investigators relied on an informant who pretended to assist the defendants and later became a shareholder. Authorities said that Pham also paid two HPD officers a total of $3,600 to have police stay away from gambling establishments, plus an additional $4,000 for an expected return of gambling machines that had been previously seized from his establishments. The officers only pretended to go along with Pham to assist the investigation, according to officials.
A judge released all three men on unsecured bonds pending their preliminary hearing on November 24.
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