Three Securitas officers at Honolulu International Airport pleaded guilty on Wednesday, Aug. 3, to felony theft.
They were originally indicted for bribery after a months-long undercover investigation by the FBI.
Authorities alleged the officers solicited and accepted more than $3,000 from taxi and shuttle drivers at the airport.
After receiving the bribes, officials said some of the drivers were allowed to circumvent the rules.
“We take any kind of public corruption very seriously and we feel bribery of agents that are enforcing the laws and regulations of the state of Hawaii, that’s corruption, and we will investigate and prosecute anyone who’s doing these type of things at the airport or anywhere else in the state of Hawaii,” said deputy attorney general Albert Cook.
The officers had faced up to five years in jail, but under a plea agreement, will get probation instead.
They must also resign from their jobs and will not be able to work at the airport.