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Ex-HPD major pleads guilty to several federal charges

By Nelson Daranciang

LAST UPDATED: 08:32 p.m. HST, Jun 25, 2013

<br />2008 August CTY - Maj. Carlton Nishimura. Honolulu Police Department. HPD. MIDWEEK PHOTO BY NATHALIE WALKER<br />

A former police major who retired from the Honolulu Police Department amid allegations that he extorted money from the operator of an illegal gambling house and tried to cover it up pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court this morning to charges unrelated to the alleged extortion.

Carlton Nishimura, 57, was facing federal extortion conspiracy, witness tampering, lying to investigators, methamphetamine possession and tax evasion charges.

Nishimura pleaded guilty this morning to lying to investigators and to filing a false 2005 tax return by under-reporting his income by about $9,000.

In exchange for his guilty pleas, the federal prosecutor is expected to have the other charges dropped at sentencing in October.

The government said he took money from a gambling house operator to protect the operation and to harass the operator’s competitors. The government also said Nishimura lied to investigators about what he told a witness, told the witness to lie, failed to report the extortion money as income and possessed 16 grams of methamphetamine in his Waianae home.

The charges that are being dropped are related to the government’s key witness in the case, Doni Crisolo, who is also known as Doni Mei Imose. 

Crisolo pleaded guilty in July 2009 to conspiracy for her role in a methamphetamine trafficking ring but has yet to face sentencing.

She testified in front of the federal grand jury that indicted Nishimura in February 2011 on charges of extortion conspiracy, witness tampering and lying to investigators. 

The following month, Crisolo secretly recorded herself telling her then-lawyer that she lied to the grand jury under pressure from the FBI, that she felt bad about what she did and that she intended to set things straight to save her friendship with Nishimura.

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bumba wrote:
Good grief........
on June 25,2013 | 11:08AM
allie wrote:
too much hpd crime going on
on June 25,2013 | 11:48AM
pizza wrote:
Too many ridiculous comments from the "girl from North Dakota".
on June 25,2013 | 12:15PM
boshio wrote:
Boy, Nishimura is a low life.
on June 25,2013 | 05:59PM
whs1966 wrote:
Since he engaged in criminal activity while serving as one of Honolulu's Finest, he should forfeit all retirement benefits.
on June 25,2013 | 11:10AM
primo1 wrote:
Makes sense, but you know the union wouldn't stand for it.
on June 25,2013 | 01:09PM
Mythman wrote:
They let him retire first. After serving some time, he will start a security firm. The thing about HPD is they rub shoulders with our special breed of organized crime - can't be helped. Part of the job.
on June 25,2013 | 01:21PM
paradisetax wrote:
on June 25,2013 | 11:12AM
allie wrote:
but not a surprise..been going on for decades i imagine
on June 25,2013 | 11:49AM
pizza wrote:
Ridiculous comments?
on June 25,2013 | 12:16PM
honopic wrote:
You "imagine" a lot of things, allie. The problem is, you post them every day.
on June 25,2013 | 07:28PM
bumbye wrote:
You bad Japanese man.
on June 25,2013 | 11:14AM
pakeheat wrote:
That was a racist remark! Please seek help.
on June 25,2013 | 12:02PM
bumbye wrote:
I was just stating fact. Was I wrong? Isn't your name racist?
on June 25,2013 | 12:55PM
Kaluu wrote:
Pake is what da Hawaiian people called Chinese when they first arrived in HI. So, no, the name's not racist, and the designation's not racist. Same as Hawaiian word, "Paele," which refers to what "black" Americans have wanted to be called, which is, "black." (In Hawaiian, of course it means, black face.) The Hawaiians were just interested in the newcomers and used appearances to speak of them. Any of such designations can be used nastily, of course, which is racist. It suggests racism to use "Japanese" as you did, since the crook's race is irrelevant.
on June 25,2013 | 01:21PM
pakeheat wrote:
How is it so? I am Chinese and didn't use it to refer someone race who did the crime, but you pointed it out.
on June 25,2013 | 03:02PM
gmedley wrote:
I think bumbye is japanese.
on June 25,2013 | 04:05PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
I agree ... I think he is a bad Japanese man.
on June 25,2013 | 05:21PM
pakeheat wrote:
If he was Hawaiian or Polynesian, would you say it also?
on June 25,2013 | 09:04PM
Kaluu wrote:
My reply was to bumbye, not pakeheat.
on June 25,2013 | 08:51PM
Kaluu wrote:
I agree. Too much racists Hawaii get. Plus da persin dorono how fo spell bambybe. No is one "u".
on June 25,2013 | 01:11PM
Kaluu wrote:
To clarify, this was my reply to pakeheat.
on June 25,2013 | 08:52PM
pakeheat wrote:
on June 25,2013 | 09:04PM
Mythman wrote:
no - noticing someone's eyes or skin is not racist when making a comment. That's part of the silliness that covers up real racism....
on June 25,2013 | 01:22PM
Kaluu wrote:
I agree with Mythman. The only reason we're all so sensitive about race designations is that some of them have been used so disparagingly. However, to my knowledge, in befo-time Hawaii, racial designations were not used that way. "Pake" was just the Hawaiians' designation, based on appearance, of a new wave of interesting foreigners. In an older-time Hawaii, it was simply a way to denote what person or group we were talking about. Same with "Paele." Notice one more time the word "pa." "Paele" simply denoted a particular characteristic common to people of African heritage.
on June 25,2013 | 01:33PM
den1718 wrote:
Chill out. You live in Hawaii. No harm done.
on June 25,2013 | 07:41PM
pakeheat wrote:
So I guess it is okay to tease one another, like the song done "Mr. Sun Cho Lee" by the Beamer Brothers back then, LOL
on June 25,2013 | 09:07PM
Rivergrouch wrote:
This comment has been deleted.
on June 25,2013 | 11:37AM
Mei mei wrote:
WT???? that was bazaar!
on June 25,2013 | 12:10PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
i think you mean bizarre.
bazaar is like when you have a fundraiser at your local community center.
and yes, it is very bizarre.
on June 25,2013 | 12:59PM
silvangold wrote:
what does size have to do with anything......except if she was talking about the size of his brain! that would make sense - that if he was so small minded that he couldnt tell right from wrong.......... .................ha ha ha
on June 25,2013 | 12:42PM
Mythman wrote:
Isn't it common for asians to have small ones? Or is this a racial observation?
on June 25,2013 | 01:23PM
primo1 wrote:
That would be a racial generalization or assumption. Usually made by those with small brains.
on June 25,2013 | 02:45PM
pakeheat wrote:
on June 25,2013 | 03:03PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Why would a Hpd major marry a lowly night time coffee girl? And maybe he not that small, but she got hell a BIG fufu. Those loose waitress get around u know. They can compare, because they have "served" hundreds. Wat U tink?
on June 25,2013 | 02:45PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Eh,riverG, maybe Carlton regular size, but his ex-wife get Big fufu. After all, as a waitress, she "served" hundreds! Wat U tink?
on June 25,2013 | 02:49PM
Manoa_Hawaiian wrote:
And he has a life-time retierment paid by US!!
on June 25,2013 | 12:35PM
You are right, I agree with you 100%. Take away his retirement and sentence him to jail for over 20 years. Why? Because he was a Major in HONOLULU FINDEST ha ha ha. Race doesn't matter here, it could be any race....think the crime he had done. You know there are still a few good police officers. You just gotta find them.
on June 25,2013 | 12:39PM
Mythman wrote:
usually the ones who are closest around the top cop are the untouchables.....
on June 25,2013 | 01:24PM
smithtkd wrote:
A dirty cop???The Honolulu police are up to illegal activity? Say it isn’t so. A witness is extorted by the FBI? What is going on with this country. We know from the Obama administration and the way the media covers up their own crimes such as Benghazi that nobody is going to tell the truth about anything. Now, on with Nelson Daranciang, he was charged with failing to report extortion money …as additional income…. Let’s think about this… “failing to report illegal money that he was taking from an organized crime organization… in illegal gambling … and methamphetamine distribution… from a methamphetamine organization…because he didn’t want to report it as… “additional income”? what nerve! The IRS must be furious over this! This guy is a jackass turd who makes every good officer work five times as hard while the rest hide behind that badge. How about some love to those officers who deserve it.
on June 25,2013 | 12:50PM
smithtkd wrote:
a dirty cop? no way!
on June 25,2013 | 12:51PM
smithtkd wrote:
I can think of a few right now, even a couple who have been asked to "quietly leave the force" for beating girlfriends, wives and family members. But you don't hear about that in the media, do you?
on June 25,2013 | 12:52PM
GorillaSmith wrote:
Are there any honest cops in the HPD? The nepotism. corruption and lack of professionalism are mind boggling. We need to get a new chief from the mainland to drain this smelly swamp.
on June 25,2013 | 01:17PM
serious wrote:
No, we need to get a different contract with the HPD union----you can't get rid of a HPD officer PERIOD!
on June 25,2013 | 02:16PM
primo1 wrote:
Or any other civil servant for that matter.
on June 25,2013 | 03:05PM
Kaluu wrote:
Me, I dorono how fo spell bambye, too! Lol!
on June 25,2013 | 01:22PM
gobows wrote:
there's probably more of this than we will ever know about.
on June 25,2013 | 02:32PM
false wrote:
The Attorney General should review all arrests that he was involved in, and possibly overturn them.
on June 25,2013 | 02:47PM
Tarakian wrote:
One big black eye on law enforcement! He should have a maximum sentence.
on June 25,2013 | 03:52PM
gmedley wrote:
Fufu........I cannot stop laughing.
on June 25,2013 | 04:14PM
medigogo wrote:
This plea deal will basically set him free. Good life ahead, Major, with your retirement paid by us. Well, unless you get caught again.
on June 25,2013 | 04:33PM
cojef wrote:
Appears he will avoid being incarcerated in OCCC, and instead spend time in a Federal lock-up elsewhere on the mainland, unless the have a prison locally. In any case, will he be separated from the regular prison population, being as he is former law enforcement officer??? If yes, someone may do him in, poetic justice, perhaps.
on June 25,2013 | 04:34PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
hawaii's finest..
on June 25,2013 | 04:45PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
It is inappropriate to publish a picture of a criminal wearing a cop uniform. He should be in orange or black and white stripes.
on June 25,2013 | 05:16PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
At what point in his life did this guy go wrong? He absolutely must pay a steep price.
on June 25,2013 | 05:22PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
sent for approval I guess?
on June 25,2013 | 05:24PM
honopic wrote:
Mine, too. Just because I called it what it was - extortion is theft and witness-tampering is threat of bodily harm. The S*A censors have me flagged for telling the truth. No big surprise.
on June 25,2013 | 07:38PM
BRock wrote:
It looks like the feds really did not have such a strong case against the major. He has admitted to filing a tax return under reporting his income by 9k and lying to investigators. While these are serious crimes, the result will be minimal in terms of punishment. Something in the line of what happened to Martha Stewart. Carlton will be out in no time at all.
on June 25,2013 | 05:45PM
honopic wrote:
He got five years, and the nightly news said he'll likely get out in two. Barely a slap on the wrist, and a stain on all the other HPD officers who do their jobs and keep their hands clean. Extortion and witness-tampering? Try outright theft and threats of bodily harm. Yet those charges were dropped. Disgusting.
on June 25,2013 | 07:36PM
sailfish1 wrote:
He is really getting off easy. He pleaded guilty to lessor charges and the prosecutors are dropping the big charges. We really need to fix the criminal justice system so that people are made to pay the price for their crimes.
on June 25,2013 | 08:10PM
Canefire wrote:
I wonder who were on the selection panels that promoted him that high up in the HPD ranks.
on June 25,2013 | 09:50PM
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