Kenoi found not guilty on card misuse charges

HONOLULU — Hawaii Island Mayor Billy Kenoi has been found not guilty on all charges related to his alleged misuse of his county purchasing card.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported the jury reached its verdict today.

Kenoi had been facing four counts of theft. The charges included one count of making a false statement under oath for billing the county $200 for a luncheon.

Kenoi’s attorneys say he reimbursed the county for personal expenses he billed to his county-issued card.

Prosecutors say it took Kenoi from four months to more than two years to pay back most of the charges. They say one still hasn’t been reimbursed.

Kenoi originally faced eight counts related to 15 transactions totaling more than $4,100 that he billed to his purchasing card from 2011 to 2014.

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