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usa breaking news LA nun to plead guilty for embezzling school funds for gambling habit

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An expensive gambling habit has led to a now-retired nun to face up to 40 years in federal prison.

Mary Kreuper, 79, of Los Angeles, has agreed to plead guilty to fraud and money laundering charges after stealing more than $800,000 for personal expenses including a gambling habit. 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Kreuper was the principal for St. James Catholic School for 28 years, ending in 2018. Over 10 of those years, she embezzled $835,000 in donations, tuition and fee money, the office said. 

Kreuper was in charge of the money the school received and as a part of her plea agreement admitted she diverted funds “to pay for expenses that the order would not have approved, much less paid for, including large gambling expenses incurred at casinos and certain credit card charges.” 



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