EDITOR’S Note: This is one of quite a few reviews on court-ordered launch of Fairfield Township’s credit rating card data and what these credit card statements reveal. Having said that, Trustee Taletha Coles did not change about the receipts for the credit score credit card purchases and there are missing statements..
LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Fairfield Township Trustee Taletha Coles chalked up her $113,259 in credit rating card expenses about three yrs to her renovations at the township’s workplace on Wabash Avenue, but only $36,691.51 can be right tied to home improvement buys.
A Journal & Courier’s ongoing review of the court docket-requested launch of the township’s credit score card statements confirmed that among January 2019 and July 2021, Coles charged $36,691.51 to community property improvement merchants, as well as to Just Blinds, Best Invest in, and Cork Flooring.
Having said that, there are numerous months that do not have credit rating card statements, and there are statements that are only two web pages. The paperwork suggest there are quite a few missing pages that have been not furnished to the public.
The Journal & Courier emailed Coles for comment about the paying, including far more than $2,000 of buys at Greatest Acquire in March 2020. Coles did not respond.
In May 2019, Coles charged $984 to Just Blinds, presumably for the township’s place of work. She also charged extra than $1,300 that thirty day period to National Organization Home furnishings. 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 indicate other costs to vendors that might push the renovation totals even larger, but devoid of the receipts, which the J&C asked for, there is certainly no way to get a much more accurate accounting.
The Indiana State Law enforcement and the State Board of Accounts are investigating the township’s finances since Coles turned trustee in January 2019.
Coles was managing for re-election Tuesday in the Democratic most important. She faced opposition from Fairfield Township Board users Rocky Hession and Monica Casanova.
Republican Fairfield Township trustee prospect April O’Brien is functioning unopposed and will face the Democratic primary winner.
In the past, Coles blamed her high credit score card spending — which include regular buys at the Lafayette Sam’s Club — on the renovations. The Journal & Courier did not include things like any Sam’s Club purchases in the complete noted now mainly because there are not indications that the Sam’s Club purchases experienced something to do with renovations.
In its Sept. 17, 2021, ask for to inspect public files, The Journal & Courier asked for to inspect credit rating card receipts as nicely as credit card statements.
The Journal & Courier filed a lawsuit on March 17, 2022, for Coles to create the asked for paperwork. Coles presented some month-to-month credit history card statements, but there are webpages lacking and months missing from people statements.
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