Attorneys are expected to deliver their opening statements in Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi’s felony theft trial.
A grand jury in March indicted Kenoi after the state attorney general investigated his use of a county credit card to cover personal expenses.
The mayor is being tried on two counts of felony theft, two counts of misdemeanor theft, three counts of tampering with a government record and one count of false swearing. Attorneys are giving their opening statements today in a courtroom in Hilo.
Attorney General Doug Chin launched the investigation after Kenoi acknowledged he used his county-issued credit card to cover personal expenses, including nearly $900 at a Honolulu bar.
Hawaii County’s prosecutor had asked Chin to look into the case to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest.