September 21, 2014
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A Santa Clara County supervisor has resigned from office and agreed to plead guilty to a dozen counts of criminal activity, including perjury and misappropriation of public funds.
The San Jose Mercury News reports George Shirakawa Jr. made the announcement Friday after months of denying allegations that he used campaign and county funds for personal use.
In a memo, the 51-year-old Shirakawa says he plans to plead guilty at his arraignment on March 18. He apologized to his constituents and linked his troubles to depression and a gambling addiction.
The Board of Supervisors must decide how to replace Shirakawa, who was re-elected to a four-year term in November.
Prosecutors say Shirakawa moved $130,000 in and out of campaign accounts and public funds and spent most of it at casinos.
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