Former HPD major pleads guilty to felony charges

Carlton Nishimura

A retired Honolulu police major could be headed to prison after admitting he lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Carlton Nishimura, 57, pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday, admitting that he lied to the feds about leaking information about a police investigation into the United Samoan Organization.

He also pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return.

In 2011, Nishimura was indicted for allegedly giving inside information to the operator of an illegal gambling room. But those charges, as well as drug charges, were dismissed as part of a plea deal.

Nishimura faces up to eight years in prison and $350,000 in fines.

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