Gulty Pleas in Maui Corruption Case

A former Maui County official and the Honolulu businessman who paid him two million dollars in bribes in exchange for more than 19 million dollars in wastewater contracts each pleaded guilty in one of the largest bribery cases ever prosecuted in Hawaii.  Stewart Olani Stant, who was formerly a wastewater manager and the director of Maui’s Department of Environmental Management, and Milton Choy, the owner and manager of the wastewater company H2O Process Systems, entered their pleas in separate hearings.  They are each scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 4 on one count of honest services wire fraud. Stant faces up to 20 years in prison while Choy faces up to 10.