- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 30, 2016

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi was arrested on two counts of felony theft and other charges after turning himself in to police.

A bench warrant had been issued for Kenoi’s arrest after a grand jury indicted him March 23 on charges of theft, tampering with public records and making a false statement under oath. The 47-year-old mayor was released on his recognizance on Tuesday.

The charges against Kenoi stem from the alleged misuse of his county-issued credit card from 2011 to 2015.

The felony charges are punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Attorney General Doug Chin announced the investigation last April after Kenoi acknowledged he used his county-issued credit card to cover personal expenses that included nearly $900 at a Honolulu bar. Kailua-Kona newspaper West Hawaii Today reported that Kenoi also charged a $1,200 surfboard and nearly $2,000 worth of bicycle equipment to the card.



Kenoi has apologized for using the card inappropriately.

He reimbursed the county for $22,292 in charges between January 2009 and March 2015. He later paid back an additional $9,500.

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