A report from BBC explained that two sisters Lana Chang and Mary Kreuper embezzled money from St James Catholic School in Torrance, near Los Angeles. They duo spent the cash travelling and gambling at casinos in Vegas.
The nuns who said they feel remorseful for their behavior admitted that they stole the money from a school account which held tuition fee and donations.
Kreuper has been school principal for 29 years while Chang was a teacher for about 20 years. Forensics
Estimated that the nuns embezzled the funds over a minimum of 10 years after which they gambled it all away.
St James’ Catholic Church spokesperson said the two nuns expressed “deep remorse” for their actions. The police had been involved but no criminal charges were brought upon them.
“The Sisters have confirmed the misappropriation of funds and have co-operated in the investigation,” the sisters’ order, the Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet, shared in a statement on its website and continued “Our community is concerned and saddened by this situation and regret any injury to our long relationship with the families of the school,”
The monsignor of the church Michael Meyers, wrote in a letter: “Sister Mary Margaret and Sister Lana have expressed to me and asked that I convey to you, the deep remorse they each feel for their actions and ask for your forgiveness and prayers.”
The lost money was discovered during a routine audit of the school’s finances. The nuns deposited the cheques for tuition and fee in a bank account the school officials didn’t know in order to conceal their actions.