TERESA WARNER Ex- Mason School Board Member Going To Prison
Reported by: Bob Aaron
Videographer: Bob Aaron
Web Producer: Bob Aaron
Reported: Jun. 1, 2012 5:48 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 1, 2012 6:16 PM EDT
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, Mason County
, West Virginia
Former Mason County school board member Teresa Warner claimed she was remorseful and accepted responsibility for selling high school equivalency--or GED -- diplomas she controlled as a state employee.
Prosecutors dropped five counts of bribery against her in a plea deal to a single diploma bribery count. She said: " I deeply regret that I jeopardized the state GED program. " .
Although well-thought of as a teacher and supported by the school board president, the judge was troubled by how Warner explained her part the in diploma sale "episodes". He put her in prison for one to ten years. Warner wanted five days to get her life in order, but she was immediately taken into custody.