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Hendricks Co. deputies terminated over missing money

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Two Hendricks County Sheriff's deputies are out of a job after the merit board voted for their termination Tuesday night.

Jason and Teresa Woods were let go for misconduct, involving a quarter of a million dollars in missing money.

Teresa Woods cried, visibly shaken with her attorney, as she heard the decision from the Hendricks County merit board. She and her husband, Jason Woods, fired as sheriff's deputies.

"The Hendricks County merit board hereby terminates the employment of Jason and Teresa Woods for their misconduct in this matter," read a merit board member at Tuesday's hearing.

The couple, who had a combined 20 years on the department, is accused of five violations, including conduct unbecoming an officer and failing to report a crime over missing money.

"We're supposed to be above and beyond that type of behavior and they violated that trust. They violated my trust," said Hendricks County Sheriff Dave Galloway.

This all stems from a stash of cash - $250,000 that the deputies agreed to hold onto for a friend last October. They'd admitted they kept it for the man in a safe at their Brownsburg home.

But the sheriff says he learned from a private investigator that the money disappeared when they were supposed to give it back. Jason Woods claimed he returned it during a secret meeting at a McDonald's restaurant. The other person says he never received it.

The sheriff says the whole thing just didn't add up and clearly violated their oath as officers.

"Well, they did a lot wrong. Number one, took money, held money from an unknown source - never questioned it, no receipts, nothing," Galloway said. "They didn't even question where the money came from."

What happened to the money is still a mystery.

Now, Jason and Teresa Woods are off the force for how they handled the situation. They have 30 days to appeal the termination.

Meanwhile, the couple is also the target of a separate, criminal investigation by Indiana State Police and Homeland Security. They're accused of financial involvement in a large-scale "Spice" operation. That case is still under investigation.

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