English pleaded guilty to Honest Services Wire Fraud in February, and told the judge that he accepted bribes of cash and other gifts. In exchange, legislation was drafted on cesspool and wastewater policy to help a businessman, referred to in court documents as Person A, who sources have identified as Milton Choy. Court records say that included Choy handing English $5,000 while in a car. FBI agents then stopped them and records say English tried to hide the money under the floor mat.
The head of Common Cause Hawaii says the sentence is appropriate. “To show that corruption and bribery in our political process will not be tolerated. What is so disturbing is that we had to get to this place,” said Executive Director Sandy Ma. Ma says more transparency is needed in the political process to repair the public trust. “So that we know when bills move why they move, when bills fail why they fail, so things like this cannot happen again,” she said.