Talk about risking it all! Two longtime nuns at a Catholic school in California are accused of stealing $500,000 in school funds and using the money to gamble and go on vacations.
It’s safe to say these nuns didn’t need a baller to get #FlewedOut because they had been scheming and living it up for years! Bank records show Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper and Sister Lana Lang of St. James Catholic School in #Torrance had been embezzling from the school for at least 10 years while telling parents the school was on a shoestring budget, according to the #PressTelegram.
And the sisters almost didn’t get caught! The pair retired earlier this year but the school announced this past week that it had notified police that the nuns were “involved in the personal use of a substantial amount of school funds.”
Well as far as their punishment, there is none just yet. The nuns have since expressed remorse, and the archdiocese and the church said they were not pursuing criminal charges but local police are investigating.
Kreuper was the school’s principal and Lang was a teacher.
The investigation into the nuns was launched when a family happened to request a copy of a check made out to the school and the staff noticed it had been deposited in a bank account other than the school’s.
That’s when Kreuper allegedly became “very nervous and very anxious” about the upcoming financial review and requested that the staff alter records. Officials alerted an archdiocese internal auditor performing the review that “something was off” and that the auditor confirmed the suspicions.
No other staff members are suspected of wrongdoing.
The archdiocese is cooperating with Torrance police, but is unwilling to be a “complaining party,” the archdiocese’s lawyer told parents.The decision was made because the nuns’ order, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, has agreed to pay the school full restitution and impose “severe sanctions” on Kreuper and Chang, according to the lawyer.
Parents are trying to band together to act as a charging party but it’s unclear if that we’ll work.
#Roommates, do you think these nuns should be charged with a crime? Let us know!
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