FBI: Cockfighting King of Oahu Sentenced to Prison

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Prince Kuhio Federal Building
U.S. District Court – Photo by Emily Metcalf

REPORT FROM THE US ATTORNEY – Lloyd Robert Marshall, age 67, and Nitta Mitsuko Marshall, age 65, former Waianae residents, yesterday were sentenced to terms of imprisonment of 36 months and 18 months, respectively for conspiring to conduct, operate, finance, supervise and direct an illegal gambling business involving cockfighting, dice tables and card games at their Puuhulu Road property in Waiana, as well as for 13 counts of structuring over $239,000 in proceeds during a one year period from the illegal gambling business to evade certain regulations relating to currency transactions.

Under federal law, a Currency Transaction Report must be filed by a financial institution with the Internal Revenue Service in regard to any currency transaction over $10,000. It is illegal to structure transactions with financial institutions in order to avoid this filing requirement.


Florence T. Nakakuni, United States Attorney for the District of Hawaii, said that according to documents filed in connection with the case, from approximately 2009 to July 2011, the Marshalls agreed to use their property as a site of illegal cockfighting contests and dice and card games. Police observed from 100 to 600 people at these “derbies.” People attending the games paid parking and entrance fees. The Marshalls also forfeited $170,578.75 in cash, representing gambling proceeds which were seized on July 2, 2011 during a search warrant executed on their property, and their interest in real property used as the venue for the illegal gambling activities.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations, and the Honolulu Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Beverly Wee Sameshima handled the prosecution.