FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:July 23, 2015
Contact: Heather F. WilliamsonCommonwealth’s Attorney’s Office20 East Market StreetLeesburg, VA 20176-2809(703) 777-0242
VIRGINIA WOMAN SENTENCED FOR 35TH FELONY CONVICTION
JUDGE IMPOSES FOUR YEARS
LEESBURG, Virginia – July 17, 2015. Judge Stephen E. Sincavage sentenced Teenya Marie Tauzin, 35, to an active sentence of four years in the Virginia Department of Corrections in connection with a March 2014 bad check charge. Tauzin pled guilty in Loudoun County Circuit Court on January 26, 2015 to the felony of issuing a bad check.
On March 25, 2014, Tauzin attempted to cash three checks totaling $3,725 at Navy Federal Credit Union drawn from her own account at M&T Bank. While attempting to verify the available funds, a credit union employee was advised by M&T Bank that Tauzin’s checking account had been closed. M&T Bank had advised Tauzin less than 48 hours prior that her account had been closed and to stop writing checks from the account.
“Typically, we would not see someone sentenced to multiple years in prison for this type of offense,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman. “However, given her extensive history, removing her from the community for several years will serve to protect the citizenry from further victimization.” During the past twelve years, Tauzin’s criminal history consists of over thirty felony convictions to include: bad checks, credit card theft, identity theft, obtaining money by false pretense, forgery and uttering. Additionally, Tauzin had been convicted multiple times of violating the terms of her probation. While her prior convictions were from the City of Winchester, Frederick County, Shenandoah County, Warren County and Martinsburg, WV, this was her first appearance in a Loudoun County Courtroom. Pending charges are also outstanding in Allegany County, Maryland.
In addition to the total active sentence of four years, Sincavage imposed six months of suspended time and further ordered that Tauzin be placed on six months post release supervision.