Former alderwoman apologizes for misuse of campaign money

ST. LOUIS – A former St. Louis alderwoman has sent out a letter of apology, admitting to using campaign money for personal use.

Kacie Starr Triplett says her illegal use of campaign funds was done on a small-scale, but did not disclose the amount of money she used. NewsChannel 5 obtained a copy of the Missouri Ethics Commission court filing, which states she misused as much as $18,900.

Here is a breakdown of misused money by Triplett for her Friends of Kacie Starr Triplett candidate committee, according to a court document filed by the Missouri Ethics Commission on Wednesday:

$4,450.62 to make four mortgage payments
$643.72 to make two student loan payments to the U.S. Department of Education
$1,925 for a credit card payment
$82.71 for a payment to the Missouri Department of Revenue
$90 for a payment to the City of Brentwood
$150 to the University of Missouri-St. Louis
$455.50 for two payments to Ameren
$1,038.51 for a payment to Neighbors Credit Union
At least $513 on clothes, shoes, or jewelry
At least $367 in returned clothes, shoes, or jewelry
At least $4,284 for cash
At least $2,763 on food, beverage, and entertainment
At least $1,068 on salon and spa services
At least $125 on health, fitness, and massage services
At least $1,021 at Hancock Fabrics, Home Depot, and miscellaneous stores
At least $412 on GEICO insurance
At least $261 on gas

The document also states she failed to timely and accurately report $14,757.87 in contributions and $1,375 in PayPal deposits.

Triplett says she contacted the Missouri Ethics Commission last fall to notify them about her actions and met with them in Jefferson City. She says they came to an agreement this week on restitution and fines she will pay.

The Commission has ordered Triplett to file accurately all necessary campaign finance reports and statements January 2010 within the next six months. She's also ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution, though if $10,000 is paid within 45 days of the order, the remainder of the fee with be stayed.

If Triplett commits further campaign finance law violations within the next two years, she will be required to pay the remainder of the stayed fee, and it will be due immediately upon finding of the violation.

Triplett says the letter is her first step to "rebuild the trust of individuals like you." She resigned from the Board of Alderman in November 2012. She was elected to represent the 6th Ward in April 2007.

You can read the entire letter below.


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