Former Honolulu police officer pleads guilty to extortion

Roddy Tsunezumi
Roddy Tsunezumi

 

 

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.

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