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Tam charged with 8 campaign spending violations

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    FILE PHOTO - Honolulu CIty Councilman Rod Tam held a brief press conference on March 5

Eight new misdemeanor charges of campaign spending violations were filed today against former city Councilman Rod Tam, who is scheduled to appear at a sentencing hearing Tuesday on charges of stealing money from the city.

Tam is accused in the new charges of using some of his campaign funds for personal use from February 2008 to January 2009.

The criminal complaint alleges that Tam filed a false report claiming that he had a meal with a volunteer at a Waimalu restaurant and submitting a receipt that was not from the establishment.

He is also charged with failing to report two campaign contributions until “well past the reporting deadline,” according to the Attorney General’s Office.

Each misdemeanor is punishable by up to a year in jail.

Tam is scheduled to plead to the new charges at the same time he is to appear in court Tuesday before part-time District Judge Randal Shintani for a sentencing hearing.

He pleaded guilty in November to 26 misdemeanor and petty misdemeanor charges of theft and falsifying documents related to overcharging the city from $8 to $267 for meals at Honolulu restaurants from 2007 to 2009.

Lori Wada, deputy attorney general, said she is considering recommending a jail term and community service.

Tam is no longer holding elective office after spending 32 years as a member of a neighborhood board, the state Legislature and the city Council.

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