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

EDITOR’S Note: This is one of a number of reviews on court-purchased release of Fairfield Township’s credit card data and what these credit score card statements expose. Even so, Trustee Taletha Coles did not turn around the receipts for the credit rating credit rating card purchases and there are missing statements..

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Fairfield Township Trustee Taletha Coles chalked up her $113,259 in credit card expenses above 3 a long time to her renovations at the township’s office on Wabash Avenue, but only $36,691.51 can be specifically tied to home improvement buys.

A Journal & Courier’s ongoing assessment of the court docket-purchased launch of the township’s credit history card statements showed that between January 2019 and July 2021, Coles charged $36,691.51 to neighborhood household advancement suppliers, as properly as to Just Blinds, Most effective 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, for the duration of a Fairfield Township spending budget proposal meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021 in Lafayette.

On the other hand, there are a number of months that do not have credit score card statements, and there are statements that are only two webpages. The paperwork indicate there are numerous lacking webpages that were not provided to the general public.

The Journal & Courier emailed Coles for comment about the paying, such as much more than $2,000 of purchases at Ideal Purchase in March 2020. Coles did not react.

In May possibly 2019, Coles billed $984 to Just Blinds, presumably for the township’s workplace. She also charged additional than $1,300 that thirty day period to Nationwide Company Furnishings. In June 2019, Coles charged $2,652.59 to Cork Floors and $700 to Kirklands in Lafayette.

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The credit history card statements suggest other expenses to merchants that could possibly drive the renovation totals even higher, but without the receipts, which the J&C requested, there is no way to get a far more precise accounting.

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

Coles was managing for re-election Tuesday in the Democratic principal. She confronted competition from Fairfield Township Board associates Rocky Hession and Monica Casanova.

Republican Fairfield Township trustee applicant April O’Brien is jogging unopposed and will face the Democratic key winner.

In the earlier, Coles blamed her superior credit score card paying — together with regular buys at the Lafayette Sam’s Club — on the renovations. The Journal & Courier did not consist of any Sam’s Club buys in the complete noted today simply because there are not indications that the Sam’s Club purchases experienced anything to do with renovations.

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In its Sept. 17, 2021, request to inspect community paperwork, The Journal & Courier requested to examine credit score card receipts as well as credit history card statements.

The Journal & Courier submitted a lawsuit on March 17, 2022, for Coles to make the asked for paperwork. Coles presented some month to month credit rating card statements, but there are web pages missing and months missing from these statements.

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