TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Wabash Township Trustee Jennifer Teising is now a convicted felon. A judge made the ruling on her case on Wednesday, January 5th.
Prosecutors charged Teising with 21 felony counts of theft, accusing her of collecting a salary, even though she didn't live in Wabash Towsnhip. During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence showing Teising signed a contract at an RV park in Florida last year. Superior Court 5 judge Kristen McVey listened to days of testimony and came to the conclusion Jennifer Teising is guilty on all 21 counts of felony theft.
The judge came to that conclusion for multiple reasons. That includes how little time Teising spent in Wabash Township from June 2020 to March 2021. The Judge's order said Teising spent only 27 nights out of 275 days at 132 Knox Drive. The judge also felt that fact leads to the conclusion she did not reside there.
The order also said her move out of Wabash Township in June 2020 to live a nomadic lifestyle in her RV shows that she ceased to make her "true, permanent and fixed" home in Wabash Township, which forfeited her title as the Township Trustee. The document maintains that upon her forfeiture of the office of Wabash Township Trustee, she continued to collect her salary which constituted the crime of Theft.
Under Indiana Code Jennifer Teising must immediately forfeit her position as Township Trustee and the Advisory Board president will become interim Trustee until the Democratic Party Caucuses and chooses her replacement. That means effective immediately Angel Valentin is now the Interim Wabash Township Trustee.
Teising's sentencing is scheduled for January 28th at 9:30.