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Port suspends 2nd official over strip club expense

Posted: October 20, 2012 7:00 a.m.
Updated: October 20, 2012 7:00 a.m.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A second Port of Oakland official has been suspended in connection with a $4,500 strip club expense.

Acting director Deborah Ale Flint announced Friday that she was immediately placing maritime director James Kwon on paid leave. She also ordered him to return from a business trip in China.

Kwon was reimbursed $4,500 for an outing at Treasures, a Houston strip club, while entertaining about a dozen shipping industry executives in 2008. A receipt submitted said the gathering was held at D. Houston Inc., the name of the strip club's parent company, and that it was a dinner for 12. He has not commented since the expense was made public earlier this week.

On Thursday, the port placed executive director Omar Benjamin on paid leave and replaced him with Flint.



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