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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 2:59 p.m., Friday, April 21, 2006

Two officers plead not guilty in wiretap case

By David Waite
Advertiser Staff Writer

Two Honolulu police officers pleaded not guilty in federal court yesterday to charges that they conspired to aid and protect a Waialua-based cockfight and gambling operation.

The two police officers, Kevin Brunn and Bryson Apo, were among more than 35 people who were named in a series of indictments returned by a federal grand jury earlier this month that resulted from a massive, two-year FBI investigation into alleged public corruption. The investigation was based largely on federal court-ordered wiretaps and also resulted in indictments against others for alleged extortion and distribution of illegal drugs.

Brunn and Apo were among five of the indicted defendants who entered not guilty pleas yesterday before federal Magistrate Judge Leslie Kobayashi.

Kobayashi set unsecured bail at between $25,000 and $50,000 for those who entered their pleas yesterday and scheduled a trial date of June 6.