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Rome mayor under pressure to resign under new scandal over city hall credit card use

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, July 28, 2015 file photo, Rome's Mayor Ignazio Marino arrives to meet new municipal councilors in Rome's Campidoglio Capitol Hill. Rome's embattled mayor is under mounting pressure to resign following a new scandal over his expense accounts. Rome prosecutors this week opened an investigation into Mayor Ignazio Marino's use of his city hall credit card after questions arose about whether he expensed family dinners, claiming they were official business. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, July 28, 2015 file photo, Rome's Mayor Ignazio Marino arrives to meet new municipal councilors in Rome's Campidoglio Capitol Hill. Rome's embattled mayor is under mounting pressure to resign following a new scandal over his expense accounts. Rome prosecutors this week opened an investigation into Mayor Ignazio Marino's use of his city hall credit card after questions arose about whether he expensed family dinners, claiming they were official business. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Clouds float over the bronze statue of a she-wolf nursing the infants Romulus and Remus, symbol of Rome, outside Rome's Campidoglio Capitol Hill, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Rome's embattled mayor, Ignazio Marino, was under mounting pressure Thursday to resign following a scandal over his expense accounts that threatened to be the final straw in a months-long campaign by his opponents to get him out of office. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

    Clouds float over the bronze statue of a she-wolf nursing the infants Romulus and Remus, symbol of Rome, outside Rome's Campidoglio Capitol Hill, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Rome's embattled mayor, Ignazio Marino, was under mounting pressure Thursday to resign following a scandal over his expense accounts that threatened to be the final straw in a months-long campaign by his opponents to get him out of office. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE -- In this file photo taken on July 25, 2015, Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino arrives at Rome's Campidoglio Capitol Hill. Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino resigned Thursday, Oct 8, 2015, following a scandal over his expense accounts that became the final straw in a months-long campaign by opponents inside and out of his Democratic Party to force him from office.(AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

    FILE -- In this file photo taken on July 25, 2015, Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino arrives at Rome's Campidoglio Capitol Hill. Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino resigned Thursday, Oct 8, 2015, following a scandal over his expense accounts that became the final straw in a months-long campaign by opponents inside and out of his Democratic Party to force him from office.(AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)  (The Associated Press)

Rome's embattled mayor is under mounting pressure to resign following a new scandal over his expense accounts.

Rome prosecutors this week opened an investigation into Mayor Ignazio Marino's use of his city hall credit card after questions arose about whether he had claimed expenses for family dinners claiming which he described as official business.

Newspapers have documented a half-dozen dinners where either the alleged guests or the restaurant itself disputed Marino's version of events.

After days of mud-slinging, Marino promised Wednesday to give back 20,000 euros ($22,600), but there were indications that won't be enough given his Democratic Party has essentially yanked its support.

Marino has been increasingly isolated by his own party following a series of scandals and corruption probes.