Trustee charged $36K to home improvement stores — presumably for renovations

EDITOR’S Be aware: This is one of numerous reviews on courtroom-requested release of Fairfield Township’s credit score card data and what these credit rating card statements reveal. Nevertheless, Trustee Taletha Coles did not change above the receipts for the credit rating credit history card purchases and there are lacking statements..

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Fairfield Township Trustee Taletha Coles chalked up her $113,259 in credit history card costs around 3 decades to her renovations at the township’s office on Wabash Avenue, but only $36,691.51 can be directly tied to residence enhancement buys.

A Journal & Courier’s ongoing overview of the court docket-ordered launch of the township’s credit history card statements showed that amongst January 2019 and July 2021, Coles billed $36,691.51 to local house advancement merchants, as perfectly as to Just Blinds, Best Invest in, and Cork Floors.

Taletha Coles, Fairfield Township trustee, during a Fairfield Township budget proposal meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021 in Lafayette.

Taletha Coles, Fairfield Township trustee, throughout a Fairfield Township finances proposal assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021 in Lafayette.

Nonetheless, there are quite a few months that do not have credit card statements, and there are statements that are only two webpages. The files reveal there are numerous missing pages that had been not provided to the general public.

The Journal & Courier emailed Coles for remark about the shelling out, together with additional than $2,000 of buys at Greatest Get in March 2020. Coles did not respond.

In Might 2019, Coles charged $984 to Just Blinds, presumably for the township’s business. She also billed much more than $1,300 that thirty day period to Countrywide Business Household furniture. In June 2019, Coles charged $2,652.59 to Cork Flooring and $700 to Kirklands in Lafayette.

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The credit card statements show other prices to stores that may thrust the renovation totals even better, but without the receipts, which the J&C asked for, you will find no way to get a extra accurate accounting.

The Indiana Point out Law enforcement and the Condition Board of Accounts are investigating the township’s funds considering the fact that Coles became trustee in January 2019.

Coles was functioning for re-election Tuesday in the Democratic primary. She faced competition from Fairfield Township Board members Rocky Hession and Monica Casanova.

Republican Fairfield Township trustee candidate April O’Brien is managing unopposed and will face the Democratic main winner.

In the previous, Coles blamed her significant credit history card shelling out — which include normal buys at the Lafayette Sam’s Club — on the renovations. The Journal & Courier did not include any Sam’s Club purchases in the whole reported now since there are not indications that the Sam’s Club purchases had just about anything to do with renovations.

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In its Sept. 17, 2021, ask for to inspect public files, The Journal & Courier requested to inspect credit card receipts as perfectly as credit score card statements.

The Journal & Courier submitted a lawsuit on March 17, 2022, for Coles to develop the requested files. Coles offered some month to month credit score card statements, but there are pages lacking and months lacking from people statements.

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