Maui Federal Corruption Charges

Federal prosecutors in Hawaii have announced bribery and public corruption charges against a Hawaii business owner and a Maui County official.  Court documents unsealed Thursday accuse Milton Choy, the owner of a Honolulu company that provides wastewater services and supplies, of bribing Stewart Olani Stant, who was a wastewater manager and then director the Maui County Department of Environmental Management.  Choy reportedly provided Stant with more than $2 million in cash and gifts that included direct deposits to Stant’s bank accounts, cash, gambling chips and trips to Las Vegas.  In return, prosecutors said Choy received upwards of $19 million in business contracts from the county