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Maui man fined, put on probation for betting ring


WAILUKU >> A Maui man has been ordered to pay $11,000 in fines for his part in a sport-betting operation that led police to seize $118,000 four years ago.

The Maui News reported a judge on Wednesday sentenced Garth Nakamura of Wailuku to five years’ probation. The 40-year-old pleaded no contest to first-degree promotion of gambling and first-degree promotion of gambling records.

Nakamura told the court he wants to get the experience behind him and move forward.

Nakamura’s uncle, Kent Nakamura, received the same punishment for his role in the betting operation during a November sentencing. The uncle reached the same plea deal.

The two were arrested in 2007 when police vice officers executed search warrants. They found $60,220 in a cardboard box and betting slips in Nakamura’s car.

Correction: Garth Nakamura, of Wailuku, Maui, received five years of probation and must pay $11,000 in fines for helping run a sports-betting operation. An earlier version of this story gave an incorrect first name.

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