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      Former Manlius church treasurer accused of embezzling $444,000 from congregation funds

      Former treasurer of <font size="2">United Methodist Church in Manlius is accused of stealing $444,000</font>

      A former church treasurer and her husband are accused of stealing almost half of a million dollars from the church where she served, and they both worshipped.

      A grand jury indictment says Mary Meyer, who was treasurer of the United Methodist Church in Manlius, and her husband, John Osborn, embezzled $444,000 from the church over a five year period.

      The Syracuse couple is accused of writing unauthorized checks, and transferring money from the church to themselves between January 2008 and March 2013.

      S ome of the funds , a portion of which was taken from what was left to the church in the wills of deceased parishioners, also went toward a company Osborn owns.

      The couple is scheduled to be arraigned on grand larceny charges related to the embezzling this week in Onondaga County Court.

      Until this March, Meyer served as the C hief Financial Officer of the Central New York Community Foundation. She resigned in March after the theft allegations.

      According to the Post Standard, the Community Foundation conducted an audit immediately, and found no funds missing.

      (Information from the Associated Press was used in this article)