Sunday, August 10, 2014

Checks Without Balances

An attorney convicted of grand larceny in the second degree has been disbarred by the New York Appellate Division for the Fourth Judicial Department.

Syracuse.com had the story, which involved the attorney and her spouse stealing over $400,000 from the United Methodist Church of Manilus

The couple was originally indicted in October 2013 for thefts from January 2008 to March 2013.

Prosecutors say the couple wiped out the church's endowment in three ways:

1. By writing checks to Osborn's business
2. By writing checks to Osborn himself
3. By writing checks to Meyer

[Attorney] Meyer was church treasurer and Osborn was chair of the finance committee. They served as each other's checks and balances.

The couple wiped out the church's endowment fund. Much of the money was from people who left it to the 150-year-old church in their wills. The fund was used to pay for programs that help people in need locally and around the world.

In New York, disbarment is mandatory for conviction of a felony under state law. (Mike Frisch)

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