State Police took Teresa Warner, 50, Point Pleasant, into custody Thursday morning. She posted a $20,000 bond in Mason Co. Magistrate Court. Authorities said the arrest was the result of an investigation being conducted by Cpl. K.M. Gilley.
Gilley stated that several alleged incidents of fraud pertaining to GED tests in Mason County were uncovered during the investigation, which has been in progress for the past month. He said Warner allegedly accepted about $1,000 for giving passing grades on GED tests from 2002 to 2010. That action then led to fraudulent GED diplomas being awarded.
Gilley said that State Police have talked to six victims of the alleged fraud and expect to interview more people. He said that the allegations do not involve any inmates at Lakin Correctional Facility, where Warner is employed as an adult basic education and GED teacher.
“This is a personal vendetta that is retaliatory and political,” Warner said Tuesday evening after the investigation became public knowledge.
James Casey and Michael Shaw, attorneys representing Warner, had no comment on the case. Officials from Lakin Correction Facility also declined to comment.
Tom Nunnery, president of the Mason Co. Board of Education, and William Capehart, superintendent of Mason County Schools, were not available for comment.
Within 20 days, Warner will have a preliminary hearing in magistrate court. The case may be bound over to the grand jury if enough evidence is presented.