Shirakawa must return $13K in credit card expenses


December 4, 2012 1:07:07 PM PST
A scathing Santa Clara County internal audit shows Supervisor George Shirakawa used his taxpayer-funded credit card for prohibited personal expenses such as hotel rooms, meals, car rentals and golf games.

The San Jose Mercury News says Shirakawa was ordered on Monday to immediately reimburse nearly $13,000.

The latest pay-back demand brings the total amount of forbidden credit charges to nearly $37,000 in the past four years.

Shirakawa's county credit card is supposed to be used for small-item purchases and county business trip expenses.