A pair of nuns in Torrance, CA were caught embezzling money from a Catholic school to the sum of $500,000 over a span of several years. Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper, and Sister Lana Chang, principal, and longtime teacher respectively, at St. James Catholic School were caught after a family asked for a copy of an old check. Apparently, the check was deposited into a St. James account but one that Kreuper and Chang used to fund casino visits and other trips.
“We do know that they had a pattern of going on trips, we do know they had a pattern of going to casinos, and the reality is, they used the account as their personal account,” said St. James attorney Marge Graf. Despite the obvious fraud committed by Kreuper and Chang, the school and presiding church don’t seem to be actively seeking to press criminal charges.
Needless to say the parents of the St. James Catholic School are livid. Jack Alexander, a parent at St. James told reporters, “We were an ATM, and people know it and they won’t ask for justice.” The nuns covered their tracks over the years by attributing the frequent trips to a “rich uncle” who funded the treks. “These nuns took a vow of poverty and said, ‘Oh no, we’ve got a rich uncle,'” Alexander said. “The rich uncle was the parents of the St. James students.”