Lafayette trustee charged $36K to home improvement stores

EDITOR’S Take note: This is one of various experiences on court docket-requested launch of Fairfield Township’s credit score card data and what these credit card statements expose. However, Trustee Taletha Coles did not turn above the receipts for the credit rating credit rating card buys and there are missing statements..

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Fairfield Township Trustee Taletha Coles chalked up her $113,259 in credit rating card expenses over 3 several years to her renovations at the township’s business office on Wabash Avenue, but only $36,691.51 can be immediately tied to property improvement purchases.

A Journal & Courier’s ongoing assessment of the court-ordered launch of the township’s credit card statements confirmed that in between January 2019 and July 2021, Coles charged $36,691.51 to regional dwelling advancement suppliers, as very well as to Just Blinds, Best Purchase, and Cork Floors.

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

Nonetheless, there are numerous months that do not have credit score card statements, and there are statements that are only two pages. The files suggest there are several lacking pages that were not provided to the community.

The Journal & Courier emailed Coles for remark about the spending, including additional than $2,000 of buys at Finest Get in March 2020. Coles did not respond.

In May well 2019, Coles billed $984 to Just Blinds, presumably for the township’s office. She also billed extra than $1,300 that month to National Organization Furnishings. In June 2019, Coles billed $2,652.59 to Cork Flooring and $700 to Kirklands in Lafayette.