Ex-Supervisor Uses Public Funds For Gambling, Apologizes; Then Goes Gambling

By Chris Roberts
|  Sunday, Apr 14, 2013  |  Updated 9:47 AM PDT
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A 2012 Santa Clara Board of Supervisors meeting with then-Supervisor George Shirakawa Jr. Shirakawa pleaded guilty to using $130,000 of public and campaign cash to gamble -- then went gambling a few days later.

A 2012 Santa Clara Board of Supervisors meeting with then-Supervisor George Shirakawa Jr. Shirakawa pleaded guilty to using $130,000 of public and campaign cash to gamble -- then went gambling a few days later.

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Ex-Supervisor George Shirakawa Pleads Guilty

Former Santa Clara County Supervisor George Shirakawa Jr. plead guilty to 12 counts, as part of an agreement to spend no more than one year in county jail. He is now barred from holding any public office. Damian Trujillo reports.

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Just a few days after former Santa Clara County Supervisor George Shirakawa Jr. surrendered to authorities for using public funds to feed his gambling addiction, he could be found in a familiar place.

That would be Thunder Valley Casino near Sacramento where he was gambling, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

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Shirakawa, 51, pleaded guilty to 12 criminal counts and admitted being a gambling addict -- an addiction that led to him using $130,000 of campaign cash as well as public dollars in casinos and golf courses, the newspaper reported.

Former Santa Clara County Supervisor Pleads Guilty

He was arrested March 1; on March 4 he lost $200 but was comped a $111.50 dinner at Thunder Valley's High Steaks eatery, the newspaper reported.

Shirakawa is set to be sentenced for his earlier pleas on April 30.
 

Shirakawa admitted as early as 1995 in public that he had "the fever,"; i.e. a gambling addiction, the newspaper reported.

Prosecutors have asked for a year in jail for the ex-politician.

He declined to comment to the newspaper on his most-recent game of chance.

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