DANVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — Hendricks County Sheriff deputies Jason and Teresa Woods were scheduled to face a termination hearing Wednesday afternoon.
The husband and wife were suspended on March 12 for criminal actions. Investigators say Jason and Teresa Woods are accused of not giving back $250,000 in cash that they were holding for a friend.
Jason and Teresa Woods did not attend the hearing. Their attorney John Kautzman told the merit board the Woods would not face the merit board because they’re possibly facing a criminal investigation in another case.
When questioned by the Sheriff, Jason told investigators he was instructed to drop the money off to a man at McDonald’s on 96th Street. Jason told police he dropped it off.
Sheriff Dave Galloway told the merit board that Jason and Teresa’s failure to notify police that the victim reported the money missing violates their oath as deputies.
Days before the hearing, Jason filed for retirement. Sheriff Galloway added he will try to block Jason’s retirement.
“I’m disappointed this happened, disappointed in their actions and this whole department is upset about it,” Sheriff Dave Galloway said.
Jason, 41, has been with Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department for 15 years, and Teresa has been a deputy for three years.
The merit board will issue a written decision on Jason and Teresa Woods’ future on May 16. Currently the two are suspended without pay.