TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The Wabash Township trustee accused of theft appeared Friday morning for an initial hearing.
As News 18 previously reported, Jennifer Teising was indicted by a grand jury May 12 on 20 counts of theft. Prosecutors allege Teising wasn't living in the township from June 2020 to February 2021 but collected a township paycheck every two weeks, amounting to nearly two dozen cases of theft.
During the hearing, Teising's attorney, Indianapolis-based Karen Celestino-Horseman, asked to waive the reading of Teising's charges and advisement of rights.
Celestino-Horseman also suggested she would file motions to change the trial's venue to another county, as well as appoint a special prosecutor.
Attorneys scheduled pending dates for several hearings, including a case management hearing on June 25, a pretrial conference on July 16 and a jury trial on July 29. Those dates will change, however, if a motion to change the venue is granted.
Tippecanoe County Magistrate Sara Wyatt advised Teising that if she failed to appear for any hearings, a warrant would be issued for her arrest.
Wyatt also informed Teising she's been ordered for fingerprinting and processing at the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office.