“Two nuns who formerly worked at St. James Catholic School in Torrance, California, confessed to embezzling at least $500,000 from the school so that they could gamble it away at Las Vegas casinos, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles said at a meeting with parents and alumni on Monday.”
So reports the New York Post’s Alexandra Klausner, who began the story by writing “Now that’s a bad habit!”
Two sisters, “described as best friends” were the culprits. One was the principal of the school and the other was a teacher.
“Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper, who worked as the school principal for 28 years, and Sister Lana Chang, a teacher at the school for 20 years, reportedly bilked the funds over a period of at least a decade…” the Post notes.
Both sisters have retired from the school. The fraud was discovered during a routine audit in June after Kreuper retired.
Says the Post, “The auditor found that tuition checks, fees and donations were being deposited into a bank account not used by the school. The sisters later confessed to using the funds for themselves.”
The Long Beach Press Telegram in California originally broke the story, the Post says.
“Church officials said they did not wish to press charges against the sisters…” the Post adds.
A letter from the church’s monsignor to the school’s parents reads, in part, “[We] pray that you have not lost trust or faith in the educators and administrators of the school.”
Hmm. Don’t bet on it.