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Hawaii County officials warned mayor about credit card use

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii County finance officials had warned Mayor Billy Kenoi several times that his personal purchases on a county credit card were improper.

But the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Saturday the spending practice didn't stop until December 2013 when he charged $892 at a Honolulu hostess bar.

County policy prohibits using county cards for personal expenses or for alcohol.

County Finance Director Deanna Sako says the mayor was forthcoming whenever he made a personal purchase with the card. But she says then-Finance Director Nancy Crawford and herself spoke to the mayor when it became a practice rather than an exception.

Sako was deputy finance director at the time.

Kenoi has reimbursed the county for a total of $26,000 in personal and county-related charges.

He has apologized for the credit card use.

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