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Ethics complaint filed against Big Island mayor, official

Mayor Billy Kenoi Mayor Billy Kenoi

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - An ethics complaint targets Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi and a finance official over Kenoi's personal purchases on a county credit card.

West Hawaii Today, a Kailua-Kona newspaper, reports Kapaau resident Lanric Hyland filed the complaint Monday with the county Board of Ethics.

Hyland says Kenoi and county Finance Director Deanna Sako should be removed from office for Kenoi's misuse of the credit card and Sako's complicity in it.

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.

The ethics board is among several agencies looking into Kenoi's credit card use. The mayor has said he will cooperate with investigations.

Sako became finance director in January and says she thought the personal charges had stopped.

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