Ex-Liquor Commission employee pleads guilty to felony bribery

Loreto Raquel, Jr.
Loreto Raquel, Jr.

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A former Honolulu Liquor Commission employee accused of accepting bribes has given up his court fight. Loreto Raquel, Jr. has pleaded guilty to two counts of felony bribery.

He admits he accepted cash in exchange for providing a card that allows an individual to work at a liquor-serving establishment. Usually, you would need to take a test in order to obtain such a card.

Raquel was in charge of training liquor commission investigators, but resigned following his arrest earlier this year.

"Aside from this case and these isolated incidents, Mr. Loreto has lived a law-abiding life for his entire life," Thomas Otake, defense attorney, said. "He has done a lot for the community both here and on Maui. He's a family man and he looks forward to putting this behind him."

The defense says the total amount received was less than $300.

Sentencing is scheduled for March.

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