Bad Habits: Two Nuns Steal $695,000 To Go Gambling In Las Vegas
Two sisters at a Catholic elementary school in California have allegedly ditched their vow of poverty to embezzle hundreds of thousands for gambling at casinos and trips away.
Two longtime nuns at St. James Catholic School in Torrance, California allegedly embezzled as much as $695,000 in tuition, fees and donations.
The nuns, are being accused of spending some of the money on trips and gambling at casinos, while telling parents the school was operating on a shoestring budget, officials and parents told the Long Beach Press-Telegram.
Bank records show Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper and Sister Lana Lang were embezzling from the school for at least 10 years, according to local media reports.
Kreuper, who retired as the school’s principal earlier in 2018, handled all tuition checks and fees. She allegedly withheld some checks and deposited them into a secret account only she and Lang were aware of.
While investigators found the two gave some of the stolen money back to the school, the rest was used for their “personal gain.”
They kept up the charade, telling parents the school was operating on a tight budget, all the while using the embezzled funds for lavish vacations and trips to the casino.
Bank records show Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper (left) and Sister Lana Lang were embezzling from the school for at least 10 years. Image: Facebook.
The report claims the archdiocese and the church are not pursuing criminal charges after the nuns said they’re sorry.
Former students shared their anger on the 'I went to St. James Catholic School in Torrance and/or Redondo Beach, CA' Facebook page.
"I had Sr. Mary Margaret for the eight years I attended St. James School. Never knew Sr. Lana Chang. Saddened and disappointed," wrote one former student.
"They were always horrible people. They were very close friends so I’m not surprised they did this together," added another.
Featured image: Sisters of St. Joseph / Facebook.
Video: ABC7 Los Angeles.