Sept. 3, 2013 04:00

Despite good works, the public trust's decision that put one its own in business could more than taint its reputation for years to come.

Riley Fielder had little interest in speaking with this reporter Aug. 21 on the driveway of the home he occupies at 101 Shady Ridge Lane. Fielder, who acknowledges he does not own the home, did say he built it - a home valued at about $250,000 and constructed, several IND sources maintain, with materials from publicly funded projects in Lafayette.

Photo by Robin May
Riley Fielder

This reporter informed Fielder that the paper was told by several subcontractors who worked on Villa Gardens and Cypress Trails, two local developments funded by federal tax credits awarded by the state, that various materials from those projects were used to build the house.

"I don't see how that could happen," Fielder says. "I built the house."

Where did you get the material? "From Stine's," he says.

You got the bricks from Stine's? "No, I did not buy the bricks from Stine's."

Were the bricks taken from a public project? "I doubt that," Fielder, who by now is getting agitated, responds.

Where did you get the bricks? "You see that car over there?" he says, pointing to my vehicle. "Why don't you go into that car and leave me the f--- alone."

What if I told you we have a recording of you acknowledging that the materials came from other jobs? "I don't see how you could."

But we do.

Read the rest of the story in the September issue of IND Monthly here.

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