An expensive gambling habit can put a retired nun at risk of 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 allegedly stealing more than $ 800,000 for personal expenses, including gambling.
The US attorney’s office said Kreuper was the principal of St. James Catholic School for 28 years, ending in 2018. In 10 of those years, she embezzled $ 835,000 in donations, tuition and fees. fresh, the office said.
Kreuper was responsible for the money the school received and as part of its plea deal. she admitted to embezzling funds “to pay for expenses that the order would not have approved, let alone paid, including large gambling expenses incurred in casinos and certain credit card charges.”
In 2018, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles said Kreuper and another nun, Lana Chang, may have taken as much as $ 500,000 to fund trips to Las Vegas.
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The embezzlement was detected during an audit after Kreuper’s retirement.
“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,” said Bishop Michael Meyers of St. James Catholic School in a letter. .
Prosecutors alleged that Kreuper ordered school employees to alter or destroy financial records.
Kreuper is due to return to court on July 1 for his arraignment.
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