Higa pleads guilty in federal court to embezzling, bribery

Stacy Higa speaks with FBI agents in the background as an agent keeps the media at bay during an Oct. 8 federal raid on Na Leo TV in Hilo. (Nancy Cook Lauer/West Hawaii Today)

Stacy Higa admitted in federal court Wednesday to embezzling money from two federal programs and using some of it for cosmetic dental surgery and to help fund his 2020 campaign for mayor.