Former St. Louis politician Star Triplett avoids charges for mis -

Former St. Louis politician Star Triplett avoids charges for misusing funds

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By Brendan Marks By Brendan Marks

ST. LOUIS -- A former St. Louis alderman does not face state charges if she pays $22,000 in restitution for misusing campaign funds, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce said Friday.

Kacie Starr Triplett admitted in February to spending nearly $20,000 in campaign contributions on student loans, new clothes and other personal expenses.

Joyce said the statute of limitations had run out for many potential criminal charges. Triplett must now pay $22,000 in monthly payments of $550. She will be charged if the payments are missed, Joyce said.

Triplett was also fined $100,000 by the Missouri Ethics Commission, but can avoid paying most of it if she can pay 10 percent back within 45 days of the fine.

Triplett, a Democrat, apologized for her “greed and selfishness” in an email to supporters after the allegegations came to light in February.

She was elected as a St. Louis Alderwoman in 2007 and stepped down in 2012. Triplett was also a local spokeswoman for President Barack Obama’s 2008 primary campaign.


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