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A retired California nun has agreed to plead responsible to stealing $835,339 from a Catholic elementary college the place she was the principal — partly to fund her playing behavior.
Mary Margaret Kreuper, 79, is charged with one depend of cash laundering and one depend of wire fraud, the Justice Division introduced Tuesday. It stated she agreed to plead to each federal fees, which carry a most jail time period of 40 years.
In keeping with prosecutors, Kreuper was the principal of St. James Catholic Faculty in Torrance for 28 years and admitted to embezzling cash from the establishment for a decade, ending in 2018.
As principal, she was liable for the cash the varsity collected in tuition, charges, and charitable donations. She additionally managed a number of college financial institution accounts, together with one set as much as pay the dwelling bills of the nuns who labored there.
As an alternative of managing the cash correctly, prosecutors stated Kreuper admitted to stealing the funds to gamble at casinos and pay her bank card payments. They stated she acknowledged falsifying experiences with a purpose to cover her theft from college directors.
The Justice Division stated Kreuper additionally directed St. James college workers to destroy monetary data throughout an audit.
Kreuper is scheduled to make her first court docket look throughout a July 1 arraignment.
An investigation by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles present in 2018 that Keuper and one other nun, Sister Lana Chang, embezzled cash from the varsity. On the time, church and archdiocesan officers stated they didn’t plan to push for felony fees in opposition to the ladies.
A spokesman for the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace in Los Angeles informed the Los Angeles tv station KTLA that solely Kreuper was dealing with fees within the case and prosecutors thought-about the investigation closed.