Two nuns in California allegedly stole over $500,000 in the school they’d been at for decades, and that they spent in casinos and on vacations.
Bank records reveal Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper and Sister Lana Lang was embezzling funds from St. James Catholic School in Torrence for at least a decade, the Press-Telegram reported.
Officials in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles told parents and alumni of this school that auditors have never been able to trace all the money trail. Kreuper had retired as the school’s principal before this season and she dealt with the school fees, which she allegedly withheld and deposited into an account just she and Chang knew about, the paper said.
Two nuns from California spent the stolen cash on vacations and gambling. While researchers found the two gave some of the stolen money back to the school, the rest has been used to their “Personal gain.”
Kreuper has confessed she took the money and expressed guilt. Monsignor Micheal Meyers, the pastor at St. James Catholic Church sent a letter to pupils’ parents stating that Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, the nuns’ arrangement, is cooperating with the parish and the Archdiocese to find out how much cash was taken.
“Our community is concerned and saddened by this situation and regret any harm to
our long relationship with all the families of this faculty,” that the Order stated in a statement.
Police have been informed but the Archdiocese does not intend to pursue criminal proceeding against the sisters. “At our college, we have initiated additional procedures and supervision policies for financial reporting and management duties,” Meyers wrote.
Archdiocese attorney Marge Graf reported the nuns’ order agreed to pay the school full restitution and impose “Severe sanctions” on Kreuper and Chang.
Graf explained:”We do know they had a pattern of going on excursions, we do know that they had a pattern of going to casinos, and the fact is, they utilized the accounts as their private account.”
There have been calls among some parents for the group to be billed while others said they should be forgiven. Jack Alexander of Redondo Beach explained that the pair would go gambling and traveling, claiming they had been given the money by a wealthy relative.”
These nuns took a vow of poverty and said,’Oh , we’ve got a rich uncle’. The rich uncle was that of the parents of the St. James pupils,” he explained.