Ethics board closes case against Mayor Billy Kenoi

Ethics board closes case against Mayor Billy Kenoi

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii Island Mayor Billy Kenoi has acknowledged in an agreement there is probable cause that he violated ethics code by using a county-issued credit card for personal purchases.

The Hawaii Tribune Herald reports Kenoi's lawyers issued the advisory opinion Wednesday as part of a deal with the Hawaii County Board of Ethics. The agreement will prevent an investigative hearing from taking place in response to the ethics complaint.

It comes just more than a week after a jury acquitted Kenoi on all counts for the card purchases prosecutors alleged didn't qualify as county business.

Before offering Wednesday's deal, Kenoi's attorneys argued that the trial outcome proved Kenoi did nothing wrong.

Some board members expressed dissatisfaction that Kenoi didn't attend the meeting, which took place in the same building as his Hilo office.

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