12-11-2018 | News
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CA - Nuns Accused of Embezzling School Funds For Personal Trips, Gambling
Two nuns from a Catholic school in Southern California are accused of misappropriating official funds for scandalous reasons as personal travels and gambling including Las Vegas casino trips.
The monsignor of St. James Catholic Church confirmed their suspicions against the nuns in a letter he penned for the parishioners.
Another report says the nuns took the money from collected tuition, fees, and donations. The two are said to be the best of friends who have a penchant for going to casinos.
The accused nuns are identified as Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper and Sister Lana Chang. Monsignor Michael Meyers revealed in his letter that an internal probe carried out several years ago found the two nuns used funds set aside for St. James Catholic School for their benefit.
Kreuper served as principal of the K-8 school and retired in June after a lengthy 28 years of service. A routine audit was carried out shortly after her retirement when red flags came up including checks being cashed into different accounts.
Adrian Alarcon, director of media relations for the Los Angeles diocese, disclosed that the amount in question in the case of Kreuper is in the range of $500,000. An ongoing investigation seeks to establish the full amount involved.
Chang was an eighth-grade teacher at the same school who also retired this year following a 20-year service.
The two nuns are accused of spending some of the funds in question purely for personal gain such as for private trips and for scandalous gambling. The initial probe also reveals that the pair may have recycled some of the money back to the school.
The nuns will not be facing criminal charges for now as the archdiocese refused to go to that legal route. Instead, the diocese is planning “to address the situation internally through the investigation, restitution, and sanctions on the sisters.”
Both Sister Mary Margaret and Sister Lana have expressed their regrets over the matter as conveyed in Monsignor Meyers’ letter. The sisters have also asked for “forgiveness and prayers” from the community.
The sisters’ order, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, also said they are working with the Los Angeles Archdiocese to “arrange for full restitution for the benefit of the School” of the misappropriated funds. The order also promised sanctions for the nuns, the form and extent of which have yet to be established.
Social media users have various reactions to the sad discovery, with some even finding it a source of amusement and are suggesting that the story be turned into a movie.
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