Kevin KilleenBy Kevin Killeen

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – She was a well-respected alderwoman who quit to take a job with a nonprofit.

Now, Kacie Starr Triplett is in trouble for spending campaign money on herself.

The Missouri Ethics Commission investigation found Triplett blew through up to $19,000 on herself while in office, using the money for mortgage payments and student loans. In a letter apologizing to supporters, Triplett confessed it was not out of need, but out of selfishness and greed. She says she fell into a behavior, in which “if I desired something that I could not afford, I used the campaign funds to buy it.”

Triplett sent out an apology letter to constituents on Thursday:

“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.”

The Ethics Commission has ordered her to pay $10,000 in 45 days, or face a larger fine of $100,000.


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