San Diego Mayor Bob Filner (D) may have used taxpayer dollars to take multiple women to a downtown hotel, a new investigation into the mayor’s credit card statements has revealed. The probe into Filner’s credit card activity is just one among several investigations being conducted into the mayor’s potentially criminal behavior.
According to ABC 10’s investigation into Filner’s corporate credit card, the mayor made at least six different transactions at the Westgate Plaza Hotel between the end of January and the beginning of February, as well as two in the middle of May. The charges totaled $511.06.
Filner currently facing calls to resign amid a growing sexual harassment scandal, as more than ten women have come forward over the past month to accuse him of making inappropriate advances toward them. But, as the U-T San Diego newspaper reports, that’s simply the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Filner’s legal troubles.
At least four agencies — the City Attorney’s Office, the state Attorney General’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Sheriff’s Department — are investigating the mayor. In addition to the charges of sexual misconduct, officials are looking into how Filner funded his trips to the downtown Westgate hotel, whether the Filner administration collected money from a contractor before the project was officially approved, and whether Filner used city-issued credit cards to pay for a recent trip to France. Filner has hired both civil and criminal defense attorneys.
Despite the allegations of his improper use of taxpayer funds, Filner isn’t above asking for additional money. At the end of July, he asked taxpayers to foot the bill for his sexual harassment lawsuits — claiming that he wouldn’t have been accused of misconduct if the city had provided him with sexual harassment prevention training. It turned out that Filner himself had actually opted to cancel that training.
Filner, who recently checked himself into a two-week intensive therapy program, is not expected to be available for public comment this week. Filner’s chief of staff confirmed on Friday that the locks to the mayor’s have been changed to “protect” him.