Ex-Maui official, businessman plead guilty for Hawaii bribes

  • Stewart Olani Stant, left, listens as his attorney Cary Virtue speaks to reporters outside U.S. District Court in Honolulu, on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022. Stant, a former Maui County official, and Milton Choy, the owner and manager of the wastewater company H2O Process Systems LLC, each pleaded guilty Monday for a scheme in which Choy paid Stant $2 million in bribes in exchange for more than $19 million in wastewater contracts. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

HONOLULU — A former Maui County official and the Honolulu businessman who paid him $2 million in bribes in exchange for more than $19 million in wastewater contracts each pleaded guilty Monday in one of the largest bribery cases ever prosecuted in Hawaii.