Santa Clara County Supervisor Shirakawa Guilty of Misusing Public Funds

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SAN JOSE — The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office on March 1 charged County Supervisor George Shirakawa Jr. with five felonies: four counts of perjury and one count of misappropriation of public funds, as well as seven misdemeanors for failing to file accurate campaign reports.

 
The 51-year-old, who has served as president of the Board of Supervisors, engaged in a persistent pattern of misusing public money and campaign funds for prohibited expenses, including parties golf outings and gambling.

Shirakawa has agreed to plead guilty to all counts and hand in his resignation from the Board of Supervisors to the county clerk.

He will be arraigned before Judge Philip Pennypacker on March 18 at 1:30 p.m. in Department 23. Assistant District Attorney Karyn Sinunu-Towery will ask the court for substantial jail time. Read more here.