Four people face charges over gaming machines
Four more people pleaded not guilty Monday to charges involving gambling machines in Honolulu.
Michael Miller, Michael Ma-dali, Quentin Canencia and Desiree Haina were arraigned in Circuit Court for various charges, including racketeering, gambling promotion, and money laundering.
Five others pleaded not guilty to similar charges on Thursday.
The highest bail was set at $250,000 for Tracy Yoshimuro, who owns PJY Enterprises, and distributes Products Direct Sweepstakes gaming machines.
Attorneys for the defendants call the case a "witch hunt" led by Honolulu city prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro.
"The fact of the matter remains that all these defendants were conducting legitimate businesses. Mr. Kaneshiro, I suspect, didn't tell the grand jury he gave approval nearly three years ago for this business to be conducted openly," said Myles Breiner, Miller's attorney. "No one hid anything."
Prosecutors said Yoshimura is considered to be the ring leader in the operation. Yoshimura said the liquor commission issued permits for the gaming machines. But earlier this month, a federal judge deemed them to be illegal.
Yoshimura is suing the city and the Honolulu Police Department.
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