In theft case, Big Island mayor accused of misusing funds for alcohol
Billy Kenoi (Image: Hawaii News Now/file)
HILO, Hawaii (AP) - The deputy attorney general prosecuting Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi on theft charges has accused the mayor of using his government-issued credit card to buy "exorbitant amounts of alcohol."
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports Deputy Attorney General Kevin Takata filed court documents saying a majority of the 15 card receipts presented to jurors of Kenoi's personal purchases were related to alcohol. He also says the purchases made on his card weren't reimbursed until media requests seeking copies of the mayor's card records were filed.
A grand jury indicted Kenoi in March on charges of theft, tampering with public records and making a false statement under oath relating to the alleged misuse of his card.
A judge will consider motions brought by Kenoi's attorney to have the case dismissed on Friday.
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