Former Honolulu Police Major will serve prison time for tax evasionUPDATED 7:19 PM HST Oct 17, 2013Video Transcript
A former Honolulu Police major WILL serve time behind bars after pleading guilty to tax evasion and lying to investigators. Federal Judge Helen Gillmore said Carlton Nishimura needs to spend time in prison so his crimes are not trivialized. KITV4s Andrew Pereira has the story new at 6. Carlton Nishimura's fall from grace came in 2011 when the former police major was indicted on charges of extortion, tampering with a witness and making false statements. From April, 2004 to March 2006, Nishimura allegedly conspired with a woman, Doni Imose, to provide protection to an illegal game room. But in a deal with federal prosecutors, Nishimura pleaded guilty to lying to investigators and filing a false tax return. THOMAS MUEHLECK: "HE APOLOGIZED AND WE'LL LEAVE THAT FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH. WHETHER HE WAS HEARTFELT IN THAT, IT'S NOT FOR ME TO SAY." Nishimura had also faced drug possession and trafficking charges after a November, 2011 FBI raid on his Waianae home allegedly yielded 15 grams of methamphetamine. However the drug charges were dropped as part of the plea deal. THOMAS MUEHLECK: "THERE WERE ISSUES OF ACTUALLY WHOSE DRUGS IT WERE, WE KNOW THAT DONI IMOSE WAS UP THERE AT THE HOUSE. THERE WERE CONSIDERATION S WITH THE RISK OF GOING TO TRIAL." Federal Judge Helen Gillmor admonished Nishimura for failing to uphold his oath as a police officer. She also lashed out at Nishimura for contacting Doni Imose while out on bail, even after the court ordered him not to do so. THOMAS MUEHLECK: "SHE FOUND THAT HE HAD ATTEMPTED TO INFLUENCE HER TESTIMONY, AND THAT'S WHAT SHE FOUND TO BE REPREHENSIBLE AND TO BE OBSTRUCTION." Muehleck says Nishimura may have jeopardized a federal investigation by tipping off the United Samoan Organization, a notorious prison gang, which just last month had 18 members indicted on charges of federal racketeering. THOMAS MUEHLECK: "KNOWLEDGE GOT OUT THAT THERE WAS A TASK FORCE LOOKING AT THEM. IT PROBABLY, I CAN'T SPECULATE, BUT IT VERY WELL COULD'VE MADE IT MORE DIFFICULT." Nishimura's attorney asked for home confinement, but Judge Gillmore sentenced him to eight months in jail and three years of supervised release. Muehleck rejects the notion Nishimura got a slap on the wrist. THOMAS MUEHLECK: "A POLICE OFFICER SERVING JAIL TIME IS PROBABLY NOT AN EASY THING TO DO." ANDREW PEREIRA: "NISHIMURA WILL RETURN TO THE FEDERAL BUILDING ON MONDAY, NOV. 4. THAT'S WHEN HE'S SCHEDULED TO TURN HIMSELF INTO THE U.S. MARSHALLS SERVICE TO BEGIN SERVING HIS SENTENCE. ANDREW PEREIRA, KITV4 NEWS."