In the latest example of egregious misuse of taxpayer funds, a high-ranking Port of Oakland official is under investigation for spending more than $4,500 at a strip club in Houston, Texas.
First reported by the San Francisco Chronicle on Monday, the paper relates that California Maritime Director James Kwon entertained roughly a dozen members of the shipping industry at the Texas strip club during a 2008 conference, in what was billed as a “dinner and drink reception.”
His choice of location, however, was less than discreet. The Huffington Post notes that the “Treasures” was nearly shut down earlier this year for being a “haven for drugs, prostitution and human trafficking,” and that there were 48 arrests between 2008 and last May for prostitution and delivery of a controlled substance. The San Francisco Chronicle says the offenses were similar four years ago, when the violation was reportedly committed.