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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.