- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A couple who pleaded guilty to embezzling $444,000 from a central New York church have been sentenced to prison terms.

John Osborn pleaded guilty to three counts of grand larceny and was sentenced Monday to 5 to 15 years in state prison. Mary Meyer was sentenced to 3 to 9 years for the thefts committed between January 2008 and March 2013 from the United Methodist Church of Manlius.

Meyer was church treasurer and Osborn was head of the finance committee. They stole the funds by writing checks to themselves from the account. The scheme left the church in financial ruin.

Prosecutor Beth Van Doren told The Post-Standard of Syracuse (https://bit.ly/1BtK3q4 ) the sentencing was delayed for months as the couple tried in vain to come up with $200,000 in restitution.

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