Updated: 4:32 p.m., Tue., Oct. 15
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - One of the two people accused of stealing more than $400,000 from a Manlius church was arraigned Tuesday morning.
55-year-old John Osborn of Syracuse is accused of stealing the money from the United Methodist Church of Manlius.
He entered a not guilty plea to charges of grand larceny in Onondaga County Court.
Prosecutors say while Osborn was a lay minister at the church and his wife Mary Meyer was treasurer, they transferred money from the investment account to a company owned by Osborn. They're also accused of writing checks to themselves.
Investigators say Osborn and his wife stole much of the money from people who left it to the church in their wills.
Onondaga County Assistant District Attorney Beth Van Doren said, “I'm sure the church is devastated. It's a community church, it's a church built on strong faith and obviously trust and love within the members of the church and to have something like this happen from a member of the church is devastating."
Van Doren says Osborn no longer holds any church position.
She says Meyer is expected to turn herself in this week to be arraigned on the same charges.
There is also a civil suit pending. The church is suing Meyer for allegedly writing checks to herself, her husband and his company.