EDITOR’S Take note: This is a person of quite a few studies on courtroom-requested launch of Fairfield Township’s credit score card records and what these credit score card statements reveal. On the other hand, Trustee Taletha Coles did not convert in excess of the receipts for the credit score credit card buys and there are missing statements..
LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Fairfield Township Trustee Taletha Coles chalked up her $113,259 in credit history card prices over three several years to her renovations at the township’s business on Wabash Avenue, but only $36,691.51 can be instantly tied to home improvement purchases.
A Journal & Courier’s ongoing assessment of the court docket-requested launch of the township’s credit history card statements showed that amongst January 2019 and July 2021, Coles charged $36,691.51 to regional dwelling enhancement suppliers, as effectively as to Just Blinds, Greatest Purchase, and Cork Floors.
However, there are several months that do not have credit history card statements, and there are statements that are only two webpages. The files reveal there are quite a few lacking pages that ended up not offered to the community.
The Journal & Courier emailed Coles for remark about the spending, including additional than $2,000 of buys at Best Buy in March 2020. Coles did not respond.
In Could 2019, Coles charged $984 to Just Blinds, presumably for the township’s workplace. She also charged more than $1,300 that thirty day period to Countrywide Business Furniture. In June 2019, Coles billed $2,652.59 to Cork Floors and $700 to Kirklands in Lafayette.
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The credit history card statements show other expenses to merchants that may well push the renovation totals even increased, but with out the receipts, which the J&C asked for, you can find no way to get a extra correct accounting.
The Indiana Condition Police and the Condition Board of Accounts are investigating the township’s finances since Coles grew to become trustee in January 2019.
Coles was jogging for re-election Tuesday in the Democratic major. She confronted level of competition from Fairfield Township Board members Rocky Hession and Monica Casanova.
Republican Fairfield Township trustee applicant April O’Brien is operating unopposed and will confront the Democratic main winner.
In the past, Coles blamed her superior credit card expending — which includes typical buys at the Lafayette Sam’s Club — on the renovations. The Journal & Courier did not involve any Sam’s Club purchases in the overall reported nowadays since 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, ask for to inspect public files, The Journal & Courier requested to examine credit score card receipts as effectively as credit rating card statements.
The Journal & Courier filed a lawsuit on March 17, 2022, for Coles to create the asked for paperwork. Coles provided some month-to-month credit history card statements, but there are pages lacking and months lacking from these statements.
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