HONOLULU (KHON2) — A Honolulu businessman tied to a bribery case involving two former state lawmakers, is now charged with bribing a Maui county official. Federal investigators say Milton Choy gave two million dollars in bribes over six years.

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U.S. Attorney Clare Connors says from 2012 to 2018 Stewart Olani Stant, who was director of Maui’s Department of Environmental Management, received a steady supply of cash and checks to his bank account, along with some 400 thousand dollars of travel benefits.

“These were trips to Las Vegas that were paid for by Mr. Choy for Mr. Stant. These were thousands of dollars worth of gambling casino chips that were provided to Mr. Stant,” she said.

Stant is charged with Honest Services Fraud. Connors says in exchange Choy received more than $19 million worth of contracts awarded to his company H2O Processes Systems. Connors says it is one of the largest bribery cases her office has investigated.

She also confirmed that it was Choy who cooperated with the FBI which led to the arrests of former state lawmakers J. Kalani English and Ty Cullen. English has been sentenced to 40 months in prison. Cullen is scheduled for sentencing on October 20. Connors says Choy will not be charged for bribing English and Cullen.

“The decision is a product of timing, it’s a product of cooperation. And yes, Mr. Choy was one of the first individuals arrested, he engaged in cooperation early on,” said Connors.

Choy was arrested in an earlier bribery case involving former state lawmakers English and Cullen and, according to Connors, Choy agreed to cooperate with the government. Both English and Cullen pleaded guilty in February to accepting bribes from Choy.

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Choy’s attorney says Choy has been cooperating for years.

“When he saw the writing on the wall, he wasn’t trying to get cute. He obviously wants to get the best results that he can for his family,” said Michael Green.

Both Stant and Choy are expected in court on Sept. 19.

Stant faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines. Choy faces a maximum of 10 years and $250,000 in fines.

A Maui County spokesman says Stant was fired in January 2019. And that the allegations occurred during the previous administration.