Former church secretary sentenced for theft

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MARYSVILLE — A former church secretary is headed to prison after stealing more than $112,000.

Mary Ary, 72, of 10530 Hinton Mill Road, Marysville was sentenced Wednesday to 12 months in prison.

Visiting Judge Mark O’Connor of Logan County said Ary may file for judicial release in 30 days.

In July, Ary pleaded guilty to one count of grand theft, a felony of the fourth degree.

Ary served as the secretary at First Presbyterian Church, 210 W. Fifth St., Marysville, for 13 years. In 2008, Ary began to use church credit and bank cards to buy a variety of personal items. She also allegedly kept at least one card after her retirement in 2016.

The former secretary also overpaid herself salary and benefits.

According to court records, the unauthorized salary and benefits totaled about $74,000 and Ary made about $39,000 in unauthorized purchases.

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