TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Friends and former workers on Tuesday detailed the cross-region journey of Wabash Township Trustee Jennifer Teising to Anderson, Indiana, Colorado and Florida, between other places.
The testimony was element of the 2nd working day of the bench trial against Teising on 21 felony theft fees.
At the centre of the demo is whether or not Teising was living or only vacationing out of a truck and journey trailer she bought after providing her West Lafayette residence in June 2020.
Prosecutors say Teising lived outdoors the township, forfeiting her placement as trustee, but continued to accumulate a township paycheck.
Her protection attorney characterizes her as a “snowbird” — a person who travels out-of-condition during the winter with ideas to return for warm temperature.
Previous and prospective personnel known as to testify Tuesday described Teising’s options as early as March 2020 to shift to Florida.
Former business office supervisor Amie Mullikin mentioned Teising was “intent at that time to transfer to Florida … her existence was using a different course and she required to pursue other things.”
Tricia Fultz, the office environment manager who replaced Mullikin, said Teising was seldom in the business office. She struggled to response what get the job done Teising accomplished in addition to her individual responsibilities.
“I actually will not know what she was performing,” she explained.
Fultz explained Teising booked a good deal at a campground in Panama Metropolis Seaside, Florida, close to October 2020 and with options to return in March.
Fultz’s mom and a prospective township employee, Julie Gregory, interviewed by way of Zoom in November 2020 for a fill-in office place.
“She explained to me she was living in Florida,” Gregory explained.
Teising’s protection lawyer, Karen Celestino-Horseman, observed Teising never ever expressed very long-term strategies to remain in Florida and constantly prepared to return to Indiana.
Greg Michalski, an ex-boyfriend of Teising, echoed all those sentiments. He explained Teising has lived at his residence on Knox Generate in West Lafayette at any time because promoting her property.
“To retain her residence in the township … due to the fact that is the law,” he claimed.
Michalski built a backdated lease arrangement when police began investigating Teising’s residency. But he terminated the lease when the city warned him the arrangement was unlawful beneath town code.
Ahead of her trip to Florida, Teising also stayed at length in her travel trailer outside the house a property in Anderson, according to testimony from the owners and long-time good friends of Teising, Andrew and Amber Jones.
She was there “the greater part of the time for the duration of that period of time,” Andrew Jones stated, referring to a time frame from June by September 2020.
“Additional typically that not she was there,” Amber Jones explained of Teising going to her house, “but she would go to Lafayette from tiem to time.”
The trial is expected will continue on into Wednesday.