Audit finds misuse of Hawaii County credit cards not common
Hawaii Island Mayor Billy Kenoi
HILO, Hawaii (AP) - An audit of the Hawaii County government found that misuse of county credit cards is not widespread, but confined to Mayor Billy Kenoi's office and one other department.
West Hawaii Today reports that Legislative Auditor Bonnie Nims said in a report Friday that she found 64 transactions totaling $29,961 that did not follow policy, had a questionable purpose and may have violated laws.
The audit found that Kenoi's record keeping was inconsistent, with many purchases going without receipts of explanations.
Kenoi has admitted to using the card for big bar tabs and surfboards. He has paid back more than $31,000 of the almost $130,000 he charged during his tenure.
County Managing Director Wally Lau says the administration will follow the rules, although they do not agree with all of the assertions the audit made.
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