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Phil Matier: New Questions Over Santa Clara County Supervisor’s Spending

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Former Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors President George Shirakawa (County of Santa Clara)

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SANTA CLARA (KCBS) – George Shirakawa, Jr., the already-embattled president of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, is being asked to explain a “confusing trail of receipts” on his county-issued credit card.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office has identified what prosecutors consider to be obvious discrepancies in where Shirakawa claimed to be and where some purchases were made. Prosecutors formally made a request to county officials on Nov. 16, wanting to know, among other things, how and why Shirakawa charged a nearly $100 lunch bill in San Jose on the same day that he was reported to be in Sacramento for a two-day conference.

Similarly, Shirakawa reportedly used $560 in taxpayer funds for Washington D.C. travel expenses – including lodging and taxi rides – on a date after he was believed to have flown home from a conference.

KCBS, CBS 5 and SF Chronicle Insider Phil Matier Reports:

The District 2 supervisor has already come under fire over allegations of improper charges on a county-issued credit card; those questionable expenses included charges made at casinos, golf courses and upscale restaurants. In an exclusive interview with KCBS Radio earlier this month, Shirakawa said he has nothing to hide.

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