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Records: Mayor Kenoi failed to report 2012, 2014 land sales

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    Hawaii island Mayor Billy Kenoi appeared in Hilo District Court on March 30 to be arraigned on felony theft charges. Records show Kenoi sold four parcels of land in 2012 and 2014 for a total of $390,000 but did not list the transactions on his financial disclosure forms.

HILO » Records show Hawaii County’s embattled mayor sold four parcels of land in 2012 and 2014 for a total of $390,000 but did not list the transactions on his financial disclosure forms.

Mayor Billy Kenoi, who is set to go to trial in a theft case next month, purchased 46 acres of land in 2004 for $215,000. County and state records show Kenoi subdivided the property into six lots in 2009.

Kenoi sold a 5-acre lot for $100,000 in 2012 and another 5-acre parcel for $150,000 in June 2014. A month later, a Honolulu couple purchased two lots totaling 18 acres from Kenoi and his wife for $140,000, The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported.

The sales, which weren’t listed on Kenoi’s financial disclosure forms, occurred during the same time prosecutors say Kenoi misused his county-issued credit card.

Kenoi has been charged with theft, tampering with public records and making a false statement under oath in connection with the alleged misuse of his card from 2011 to 2015.

Kenoi has previously apologized for using the card inappropriately and reimbursed the county for $22,292 in charges between January 2009 and March 2015. He later paid back an additional $9,500.

A judge denied a request from Kenoi’s attorney last week to have the case dismissed, allowing the trial to begin Oct. 10. A pretrial hearing will be held Sept. 30 in Hilo Circuit Court.

Kenoi didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment.

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