Lafayette trustee charged $36K to home improvement stores

Greg Stevens

EDITOR’S Notice: This is one of several reviews on court docket-requested launch of Fairfield Township’s credit card data and what these credit card statements expose. However, Trustee Taletha Coles did not switch in excess of the receipts for the credit credit score card purchases and there are lacking statements..

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Fairfield Township Trustee Taletha Coles chalked up her $113,259 in credit card charges more than three yrs to her renovations at the township’s place of work on Wabash Avenue, but only $36,691.51 can be straight tied to residence advancement purchases.

A Journal & Courier’s ongoing evaluation of the court docket-requested launch of the township’s credit score card statements showed that amongst January 2019 and July 2021, Coles charged $36,691.51 to neighborhood dwelling improvement outlets, as well as to Just Blinds, Best Buy, and Cork Floors.

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

Having said that, there are many months that do not have credit score card statements, and there are statements that are only two pages. The files indicate there are several lacking webpages that had been not offered to the general public.

The Journal & Courier emailed Coles for remark about the paying out, such as far more than $2,000 of buys at Finest Obtain in March 2020. Coles did not react.

In May 2019, Coles billed $984 to Just Blinds, presumably for the township’s place of work. She also billed additional 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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