ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Last November alderwoman Kacie Starr Triplett stepped down from her position as 6th ward alderwoman. She has now admitted to the Missouri Ethics Commission that she used campaign funds for personal use.
The state commission fined Triplett $100,000 for a variety of campaign finance violations. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Triplett and her campaign committee spent as much as $18,900 on questionable purchases. This in includes a mortgage and student loan payments.
Triplett was elected to the St. Louis Board of Aldermen at age 26 in April 2007. She was one of the youngest elected leaders in the city of St. Louis.
Since stepping down Triplett has been working as a consultant at the Behavioral Health Network of Greater St. Louis.
Triplett released this letter to the media on Thursday:
I am full of regret for not fulfilling the trust, support and friendship you have given me. But most of all, I am sorry.
It will soon become public that, while serving as Alderman, I converted campaign funds for personal use. My actions were illegal and indefensible.
Regrettably, my mistakes resulted not from need, but from greed and selfishness. I fell into a behavior in which, if I desired something that I could not afford, I used my campaign funds to buy it. This was wrong.
My conduct began on a small-scale that I erroneously convinced myself was innocent and harmless. However, I now realize that the misappropriation of any amount is improper and beneath the standards for anyone who serves the public.
Last fall, I contacted the Missouri Ethics Commission to notify them of my violations of our state’s election law. Along with legal counsel, I met with them in Jefferson City and laid out every dollar spent on personal use. We provided every transaction and bank statement in an attempt to provide complete transparency for my mistakes. This week, we finalized an agreement documenting my violations and stipulating the restitution and fines I will pay as a result of my actions.
While the official inquiry has concluded, this letter is the first step of my journey to rebuild the trust of individuals like you. So many people took a chance and voted for me at the age of 26. They knocked on doors for me and stood out in the rain for me. You believed in me and I know I have disappointed you. Nothing is more important to me than repairing the damage I have done.
Please know that I am committed to making good on my very bad judgment. I am not yet sure what God and the future holds for me, but I know the first step is to admit what I have done and to no longer keep things in the dark.
Again, I am deeply sorry for my actions, ask for your forgiveness, and welcome your prayers and continued friendship.
Kacie Starr Triplett
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