City prosecutor says people using gambling machines could be charged
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - New video captured by Hawaii News Now shows three more people being arrested in a crackdown on Products Direct Sweepstakes machines in Honolulu.
Quentin Canencia, Desiree Haina and Mike Miller turned themselves into the Honolulu Police Department around 6:30pm Monday evening.
The indictment against them and six others includes 414 counts such as racketeering, gambling promotion, and money laundering.
Tracy Yoshimura, Eugene Simeona, Clayton Simeona, Alexander Alejandro, and Gary Danley were arrested last week. Kaneshiro said Mike Madali is still on the mainland and will be booked when he returns.
"This is a warning to those people who are operating this gambling devices. This is a warning for them to stop," said Honolulu City Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro.
Six of those arrested are employees of various game rooms, three of those are owners, including Tracy Yoshimura of PJY Enterprises.
He's charged with more than 250 counts because his company distributes the machines which were just last week deemed illegal by a federal judge.
"My job here is to enforce the law and to uphold the law. As long as gambling is illegal in the state of Hawaii, we will enforce the law," Kaneshiro said.
In the past few weeks the city seized 200 machines from 14 locations.
Kaneshiro says they have video of people using the gambling machines and they too could be charged.
"If you want to gamble, gamble in a jurisdiction where it's legal," he said.
Yoshimura believes the crackdown on gaming machines is a form of harassment. He says he obtained permission from the liquor commission to use the machines. He's now suing HPD and the city.
Kaneshiro says there will be additional charges filed, more defendants charged and another grand jury.
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