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Audits Find More Questionable Spending At Port Of Oakland

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OAKLAND (CBS/AP) –  Two audits are raising questions about nearly $200,000 in employee expenses at one of the nation’s largest ports, which was recently embroiled in a strip club spending scandal.

The audits released by the Port of Oakland on Monday found potentially improper charges to work-issued credit cards, including Tiffany sterling silver key rings, hotel rooms and U2 concert tickets. The port is a public agency.

The audits findings come in the wake of allegations that two top port executives charged strip club visits to the port.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

The port’s Board of Commissioners said Monday that one of those executives, maritime director James Kwon, will resign on Dec. 28. The other, executive director Omar Benjamin, announced his retirement last month.

Both were accused of spending $4,500 in public funds while entertaining shipping industry executives at a Houston strip club in 2008.

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