Two Nuns Caught Embezzling from School to Gamble

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Two nuns were caught stealing more than $500,000 from a school in order to pay for trips to the casino in a California town. Surprisingly, the duo won't be charged criminally for the theft.

The nuns were employed at St. James Catholic School in Torrance, California, and were identified as Sister Margaret Kreuper and Sister Lana Chang, who served as a teacher and a principal at the school. The two were taking funds paid in by parents and the parish to fund trips to casinos for ten years, as well as using the funds for other personal endeavors.

The ruse was discovered when Kreuper was set to retire and church officials performed a routine audit of the school. When the auditor discovered something was wrong with the books, a forensic auditor was brought in, who discovered the pair were using a long-forgotten bank account that only the nuns knew was operational. An attorney involved in the case said, "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."

The nun did admit to the theft after she was caught, and both have been moved to other convents but will not be charged by the church itself. This decision has rankled some parents, who want the duo to be held accountable. A group of parents are considering a direct complaint to authorities to attempt charges to be filed.

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Dustin has a long-standing passion for gambling. He has been writing professionally on the subject and breaking industry news for Casino Listings since 2011. His favorite casino games include Blackjack, Poker, and Hi/Lo. A proud native of Detroit, Dustin currently lives in Michigan.
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7 December 2018 - 5:40pm

What'd they say when they were asked about the money? "Nun-ya business!"

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8 December 2018 - 12:11pm

This is one Epic story and I find it very funny definitely a feel good laugh out load on a Saturday morning type of article , it started my Saturday off on the right note


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9 December 2018 - 7:46pm

I know it's quite a serious offense but at the same time it's simply hilarious. People who preach about having no lust for anything "bad" lol.

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10 December 2018 - 1:42am
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What'd they say when they were asked about the money? "Nun-ya business!"

It sounds like those nuns developed some really bad habits...


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10 December 2018 - 7:44pm

Wow...for the story and the picture...nice choice Dustin...kind of matching the news itself.