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Ex-Alderwoman Triplett Avoids Charges; Fined $22,000 For "Breaking Community's Trust"

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Kacie Starr Triplett
In a series of decisions she herself called "indefensible" and motivated by "greed and selfishness," former St. Louis alderman Kacie Starr Triplett admitted in February to using a campaign fund as her personal ATM, paying for everything from spa outings to her gas bill and withdrawing thousands in cash.

But on Friday, Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce announced that Triplett can avoid criminal charges by paying $22,000 in restitution. Though the law recognizes no victim in a case of misused campaign funds, Joyce says the money will be given to the St. Louis public school system, since "it's the community's trust that is the victim here."

However, the deal only exists because Triplett waived the statute of limitations on her own crimes, choosing to fully implicate herself in raiding her campaign's coffers.

See also: Kacie Starr Triplett: Former St. Louis Alderwoman Admits Looting Campaign

Triplett left public office in 2012, ostensibly to help the city's homeless population from her position as a consultant with Behavioral Health Network of Greater St. Louis. The organization broke ties with Triplett after a Missouri Ethics Commission investigation revealed she had snatched between $8,000 and $18,900 from a campaign fund.

Joyce tells Daily RFT that Triplett contacted her office some time after the report went public. That report, 52-pages in all, detailed Triplett's illicit shopping sprees and spa days, as well as a pattern of misreported campaign contributions starting in 2010.

But as evidence, the commission's report was mostly worthless.

"One of the first things we noticed was that the statute of limitations had run on many, if not most, of the the unlawful expenditures she made," Joyce says. "Much of it was unprosecutable from the get-go."

The other problem confronting prosecutors was how to prove which expenses were improper and which were used for legitimate campaign purposes: A restaurant bill, for example, could mean Triplett had attempted to woo a potential donor with a nice lunch -- a legitimate campaign expense -- or it could mean she treated herself to meal on her contributors' dime.

"We have no way of knowing the intent of that expenditure unless she would provide us with that information," Joyce explains. "And that's what she did. Absent that, we would not be able to prosecute her."

Triplett chose to waive the statute of limitations on the charges made in the commission's report, and provided the Circuit Attorney's Office with an account of which bank statements were legitimate and which were not. She literally gave prosecutors the ammunition to charge her with class A misdemeanor.

On March 6, Triplett made a deal with the Circuit Attorney's Office, agreeing to pay $22,000 in restitution in exchange for no criminal charges. Here's the check with her first payment of $3,000, sent on March 6.

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Circuit Attorney's Office

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Triplett also potentially faces a $100,000 fine from the Missouri Ethics Commission, though that figure drops to $10,000 if she pays within 45 days and reports all missing campaign funds within the next six months.

"This was significantly larger fine than what the commission would typically impose," says Missouri Ethics Commission executive director James Klahr. "For a case to be ultimately addressed as a potential criminal manner is fairly unusual."

Yes, a politician held criminally accountable for her actions isn't something you see every day; however, some may be wondering how stealing almost $19,000 would result in no criminal charges.

"That's not stealing, it's a misuse of campaign funds," Joyce explains. "If someone went into Walmart and stole money, they would be charged with a class C felony, Walmart would be the victim and they would be owed the restitution. That's a completely different case."

Basically, because Triplet's campaign supporters aren't seen as "victims" in the eyes of the law, Joyce must characterize Triplett's actions as a "breach of trust" instead of embezzlement.

"Here," Joyce continues, "people voluntarily gave money to a candidate and then the candidate spent that on expenditures to benefit herself instead of the campaign."

Follow Danny Wicentowski on Twitter at @D_Towski. E-mail the author at Danny.Wicentowski@RiverfrontTimes.com

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16 comments
KITTY
KITTY

It's beyond outrageous these sleaze bag politicians get a slap on the wrist for stealing campaign funds for their personal use. Yet, a person working for a company and embezzling is sentenced to prison for doing the same thing as Tripplet, Wright-Jone and that monkey ass Freeman Bosley, Jr. Throw everyone of these thieving bastards in jail and throw away the key!

Genia Ackworth
Genia Ackworth

How disappointing of her to do something like that. Granted people may not grow up with money but when they get it it seems they have to rip everybody off. She'll either move away and start over or someone will hire this thief in St. Louis.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

Well how else was this toothsome product of the ghetto supposed to pay for all those horses missing their hair? Throw this pathetic bitch in jail!

Lori K Logan
Lori K Logan

bahahahaha!!! she has bible quotes on her facebook page cover photo...... What a fake hypocrite!!

Josh Goodman
Josh Goodman

She wasn't held accountable for her actions. If anyone else would of stole that much money they would be in jail.

wump
wump

hey jennifer joyce, I wonder how many walmart thefts you have prosecuted.  probably zero; there is no walmart in the city of st louis.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

@wump but ther bes plenty of fambly dollars in tha hood to steals from but jennifer dont be havin no time for that. too many urban youts busy killn each other. glock glock, you know wut im sayin?

KITTY
KITTY

@wump @jaco1175  A POLITICALLY CORRUPT FAMILY OF THEIVES, LIARS AND CON ARTISTS. FUCK EM' ALL

TyroneJefferson
TyroneJefferson

@wump @jaco1175  ---

"peace of shit"

Is that ebonic spelling ?

Get a real dictionary you mental midget.


@jaco1175--- Little Miss Grinning Entitlement is genetically from the STL buckwheat tribal leaders.  She will soon pursue a path to becoming a "reverend", and thus will again become a money sucker to the "poor-folks on da' north side" . 

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

@wump I think he be meanin that she smarter than your average norf sider, she can be takin thems ignorant ass fools for a ride since most peeps on the sowf side not be fallin for it no mo! She still an ignorant ass ho though, probably bald headed too under that weave! Dayum!

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

@wump Na, I be stayin in the city yo. Gots to do my part to gentrify that shit, makes things nice again and shit. The trash can go stay on the norf side, norf county preferably. Sheeyit dawg!

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

@wump I told yous I be stayin in the city for years now, it be getting all better and shit as we force these hoodrats right the fuck out! Call them popos and have them locked up for bein stupid and sheeyit! get theys shitty rental house borded up and thems evicted! its easy cause thems dummies make it be! dont be cuttin no grass in the summer, be throwing trash in the streets, walkin round with thems saggin ass pants drinkin that nyquil an grape drank, letting they pit bulls run free and sheeyit! smokin them tweeds, hanging out on the corners. listening to that hippety hop music in their raggedy ass hoopdie rides! doin nuffin constructive, just bein stupid! cops move them out and lock they asses up! sheeyit! fuck! sheeyit! This hood be gettin better in no time!!

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