Honolulu contractor pleads guilty in state bribery scheme

HONOLULU — A Honolulu man has admitted to paying about $240,000 in bribes to a Hawaii official to secure a $2.5 million state contract for his company.

Frank James Lyon pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to conspiring to bribe an agent of an organization that receives federal money.

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The 53-year-old president of the civil engineering firm Lyon Associates Inc. told the court that he gave money and other items of value to obtain and retain business between 2006 and 2016.

Authorities have not identified the state employee or agency he bribed.

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According to court documents, he also paid about $200,000 in bribes to Federated States of Micronesia officials to obtain $7.8 million in contracts.

Lyon is scheduled to be sentenced in May.

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