WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Two nuns, working at St. James Catholic School in Torrance, California, have been accused of embezzling $500,000.
- According to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the money came from tuition, fees and donations at the Catholic school.
- The money was allegedly on travel and gambling at Las Vegas, Nevada.
Two Roman Catholic nuns reportedly have admitted to embezzling $500,000 from a Catholic school. Some of the money is believed to have spent on travel and casino gambling.
“It is with much sadness that I am informing families of St. James School that an internal investigation has revealed that, over a period of years, Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper and Sister Lana Chang have been involved in the personal use of a substantial amount of School funds,” Monsignor Michael Meyers wrote in a letter dated Nov. 28.
Meyers said that the issue came to the attention of church officials in an audit related to a change in leadership at St. James School. There is no other school personnel involved in the embezzlement, according to reports.
Sister Mary Margaret had been with St. James for 28 years, serving as a principal of the school before retiring in June, CNN reported. Sister Lana was with the K-8 school for 20 years, working as an eighth-grade teacher. She, too, has retired this year.
“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 Monsignor’s letter said. “They and their Order pray that you have not lost trust or faith in the educators and administrators of the school.”
The church pointed out at first that it would not press charges against the two nuns because they had expressed remorse, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported. On Sunday, a spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles said that it will pursue a criminal case because the investigation has deepened, according to ABC News.
Source: USA Today