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SUNBURY — The pastor of Calvary Tabernacle Church and his wife have been charged with stealing $8,390.44 from the church earlier this year.

Gary Wayne Smith, 65, and Cindy L. Smith, 64, of 295 Limestone Road, Milton, are charged by Trooper Josiah Reiner, of State Police at Stonington, with felonies of theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, receiving stolen property and theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received.

They are accused of stealing the money between Jan. 1 and May 31 from the church at 290 Corcyra Road.

On May 7, the Northumberland County District Attorney’s Office received a complaint from church treasurer Holly Shrader regarding alleged misappropriation of funds within the church by the Smiths.

Shrader reported that Cindy Smith had been instructing her to make payments on approximately 20 personal credit card bills, some of which were in Smith’s name while others were in the couple’s names. Shrader also told authorities she had been instructed to pay other personal bills for things such as Sirius XM radio for the pastor, a Peloton bike and a kayak.

Through the course of the investigation, search warrants were served to obtain the church’s bank records from BB&T Bank and the church’s financial records.

After collecting the records, it was determined that the Smiths misappropriated $8,390.44 more than their $800 weekly housing allowance for services rendered under a contract they signed with the church.

The Smiths were arraigned at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday by Magisterial District Judge Michael Toomey, of Sunbury, and released on $10,000 unsecured bail each. They are scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing before Toomey at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6.

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