A former Honolulu police officer has plead guilty to extortion.
Roddy Tsunezumi now faces 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
The U.S. attorney’s office said Tsunezumi and his co-defendant, Jeremy Javillo, conspired on a scheme to extort $15,000 from the owners of a Honolulu hostess bar.
The money was for protection against an alleged attempt to rob the bar.
As part of the plea agreement, the government dropped a separate charge against him for a scheme involving stolen cars.
“They took advantage of a pre-existing threat and by augmenting it and bolstering it and basically brought in a protection service,” said assistant U.S. attorney Kenneth Sorenson.
Tsunezumi will be sentenced on November 5.