EDITOR’S Notice: This is just one of numerous reports on court-requested release of Fairfield Township’s credit score card data and what these credit card statements reveal. Even so, Trustee Taletha Coles did not change over the receipts for the credit credit card buys and there are lacking statements..
LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Fairfield Township Trustee Taletha Coles chalked up her $113,259 in credit rating card prices in excess of three years to her renovations at the township’s business on Wabash Avenue, but only $36,691.51 can be immediately tied to home improvement purchases.
A Journal & Courier’s ongoing overview of the court docket-requested release of the township’s credit history card statements showed that in between January 2019 and July 2021, Coles charged $36,691.51 to regional home improvement suppliers, as nicely as to Just Blinds, Most effective Buy, and Cork Flooring.
Even so, there are several months that do not have credit history card statements, and there are statements that are only two internet pages. The files show there are many lacking webpages that have been not supplied to the public.
The Journal & Courier emailed Coles for comment about the paying, together with additional than $2,000 of buys at Greatest Purchase in March 2020. Coles did not reply.
In Could 2019, Coles billed $984 to Just Blinds, presumably for the township’s office environment. She also billed a lot more than $1,300 that month to Countrywide Business Furniture. In June 2019, Coles charged $2,652.59 to Cork Flooring and $700 to Kirklands in Lafayette.
The credit card statements reveal other costs to merchants that could possibly thrust the renovation totals even larger, but without the receipts, which the J&C asked for, there is no way to get a extra precise accounting.
The Indiana State Police and the State Board of Accounts are investigating the township’s finances due to the fact Coles turned trustee in January 2019.
Coles was operating for re-election Tuesday in the Democratic key. She confronted level of competition from Fairfield Township Board members Rocky Hession and Monica Casanova.
Republican Fairfield Township trustee prospect April O’Brien is working unopposed and will experience the Democratic main winner.
In the past, Coles blamed her high credit score card paying — such as regular buys at the Lafayette Sam’s Club — on the renovations. The Journal & Courier did not include any Sam’s Club purchases in the overall noted today since there are not indications that the Sam’s Club purchases had something to do with renovations.
In its Sept. 17, 2021, ask for to inspect general public files, The Journal & Courier requested to inspect credit score card receipts as well as credit rating card statements.
The Journal & Courier filed a lawsuit on March 17, 2022, for Coles to produce the asked for files. Coles delivered some regular credit score card statements, but there are web pages missing and months lacking from those statements.
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