Two nuns used £400,000 stolen from a school they ran to fund Las Vegas gambling sprees

TWO nuns stole £400,000 from a school where they worked and used some of the money to fund gambling trips to Las Vegas.

Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper, the principal, and Sister Lana Chang, the vice principal, were claimed to have embezzled funds for their own personal use.

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Principal Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper and her best friend have admitted embezzling around £400,000 and using the money for trips to Las Vegas[/caption]

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Vice principal Sister Lana Chang worked with nun Kreuper at St James’ Catholic school in Torrance, near Los Angeles[/caption]

The nuns, from the order of Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet, took tuition fees and donations to St James School in Redondo Beach, California.

School officials told parents that the nuns, who were best friends, used some of the money for trips and casino visits to Las Vegas.

Auditors have been able to trace £400,000 in six years’ worth of bank records.

Marge Graf, a lawyer for the school, told the parents meeting: “We do know that they had a pattern of going on trips – we do know they had a pattern of going to casinos.

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The nuns took the money from the school from an account holding tuition fees and donations[/caption]

“The reality is, they used the account as their personal account.”

Kreuper spent almost 29 years as principal at St James School.

She retired at the end of the 2018 school year – as did Chang.

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The sisters, said to be best friends, who recently retired, will not face prosecution[/caption]

Their archdiocese said the nuns were “involved in the personal use of a substantial amount of school funds” – but the pair will NOT face prosecution.

Instead the matter will be handled internally by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

The sisters’ order will reimburse the school.

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