TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A grand jury on Tuesday once again indicted Wabash Township Trustee Jennifer Teising on a felony count of theft.
The charge is the latest in a months-long grand jury investigation into Teising's residency.
In the latest indictment, grand jurors allege Teising collected township paychecks from April to July this year while living outside the township's bounds. Prosecutors say that amounts to theft from the township.
The grand jury already indicted Teising earlier this year on 20 similar counts of felony theft spanning from June last year to March.
An initial hearing on the new charge is scheduled for 1 p.m. on August 3rd.
News 18 reached out to Teising for comment but she declined to be interviewed.
Meanwhile, Teising and the township board continue to butt heads over the budget. She was scheduled to present next year's budget before the meeting was abruptly canceled.
As News 18 previously reported, she laid off the township's three paid firefighters last month citing budget constraints.
Board president Angel Valentin says he's exploring ways to enter into a contract with the fire association.
"We would essentially contract out with the association for this amount of money and then they get that pot of money that right now is designated for firefighter salaries, firefighter benefits, PERF," he says.
He says that could be a way to bring those firefighters back and take politics out of fire protection.
"When it comes to fire protection, we really shouldn't have politics involved in it," he says. "It should be a service that we provide, especially when our township residents are paying for it. It should be something that's expected.
Valentin says Teising is expected to submit a budget proposal before another meeting Tuesday night.
The board will also hold two more meetings on Aug. 11 and Aug. 17 to discuss the budget before hosting formal budget hearings Sept. 7 and Sept. 21.