Elderly nun accused of spending elementary schools hundreds of thousands of dollars funds for gambling in Las Vegas
A nun stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Los Angeles Catholic elementary school and spent the money on gambling in Vegas, according to the reports.
Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper, a school principle with 28 years of experience has been accused of money fraud and money laundering. 80-year-old Kreuper was sentenced on Monday to one year and one day.
She was also reportedly ordered to pay a total of $825,338.57 in restitution for the money she embezzled while she was a principal at St. James Catholic School in Torrance, California.
Kreuper also took gambling trips to Las Vegas Lake Tahoe, Temecula and other locations throughout Southern California, according to Asst. US Atty. Poonam Kumar.
“One of the things she said when she was first confronted by the L.A. Archdiocese and even before law enforcement got involved, was she did it in part because she believes priests get paid better than nuns,” Kumar told the Post.
While Kreuper spent the school’s funds on gambling trips, the former principal continued to ask parents to donate more money to the school on top of their $6,000 annual tuition.
“This was really an abuse of position of trust, right,” Kumar said. “She was the principal. She was running the school that these parents had chosen to send their children, and not just for the academics. Many of the letters I cited … and many of the people who spoke, talked about wanting something more from their children’s education.
“They wanted to get a Catholic education with the morals and values that they believed in and that they lead their lives in, and that’s what they were looking for in the school. So there were a considerable number of parents who were very upset and obviously feeling quite betrayed. There were parents who spoke today about how their kids are no longer affiliated with the church.”