Suspected gambling operator accused of threatening rivals
A man who allegedly operated an illegal gambling enterprise here is accused of conspiring to extort members of rival gambling game rooms.
Faimafili Lulu was charged via information yesterday in U.S. District Court for threatening members of an illegal gambling business at 98-820 Moanalua Road in Pearl City between August and September 2003.
"Members of the enterprise and their associates promoted a climate of fear and intimidation in the community through threats of economic harm and violence," according to the complaint.
Lulu is specifically accused of participating in an armed robbery on Sept. 11, 2003, at the game room. He and others allegedly owned or operated an illegal gambling business, including card games and electronic video gambling machines, from as early as 1999 and up until January 2004.
Court documents say Lulu was a member of a racketeering enterprise headed by Kai Ming Wang, also known as "A Fook."
Wang was indicted by a federal grand jury in late March with Rodney Joseph Jr., Kevin Gonsalves and Siaosi Alapai for operating an illegal gambling business and engaging in violent acts, including robbery and extortion, to aid in the racketeering.
Joseph and Gonsalves are awaiting trial in state Circuit Court for the double killing at the Pali Golf Course in January 2004. Police have said the shooting stemmed from disputes between factions vying for control over security at these illegal game rooms.