UPDATE: Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi Turns Himself In
***Updated at 4:55 p.m. to include a statement from Todd Eddins, the attorney for Mayor Billy Kenoi.***
Big Island mayor Billy Kenoi was arrested on Tuesday.
Mayor Kenoi turned himself in at the Pahoa Police Station before being processed and released from custody.
The Hawai’i Police Department has confirmed that the arrest occurred at 11 a.m.
Last Wednesday, a grand jury indicted Mayor Kenoi on eight counts, which include felony theft, misdemeanor theft, tampering with a government record, and false swearing. He is scheduled for his arraignment on Wednesday, and according to his attorney is expected to plead not guilty.
The charges were alleged from incidents involving the mayor’s county issued purchasing card between 2011 and 2015.
Kenoi’s attorney, Todd Eddins, said in a statement that “Mayor Kenoi is heartened by the outpouring of support he was received from the people of Hawai’i Island. He will continue to work tirelessly for his hometown.”
Big Island Now will continue to follow the story.