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Nun Admits Stealing $835,000 From A School To Cover Casino Debts
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Mary Margaret Kreuper, 79, has agreed to plead guilty to stealing $835,000 from a school

A nun who took a vow of poverty has agreed to plead guilty to stealing more than $800,000 from a school to fund her gambling habit.

Mary Margaret Kreuper, 79, from  faces up to 40 years in federal prison for embezzling funds for over 10 years from St.

 

 

 

 

James Catholic School in Torrance.

In court papers it was revealed Kreuper, who was the school principal for 28 years, had run up huge gambling debts.

She was charged on Tuesday with one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering, the U.S.

 

 

attorney's office said.  

Prosecutors said that in a plea agreement also filed Tuesday, the now-retired nun acknowledged that over a decade ending in 2018, she embezzled about $835,000 in donations, tuition and fee money.

Kreuper 'controlled accounts at a credit union, including a savings account for the school and one established to pay the living expenses of the nuns employed by the school,' the U.S.

 

 

 

 

attorney's office said.

Kreuper, 79, from Los Angeles, faces up to 40 years in jail for embezzling funds from St.

 

 

 

 

James Catholic School (pictured)

Her scheme was discovered in 2018 after an investigation into an old check. 

In her plea agreement, Kreuper acknowledged diverting money to pay for personal expenses that included credit card charges and 'large gambling expenses incurred at casinos,' the U.S.

 

 

 

 

attorney's office said.  

Kreuper admitted in her plea agreement that she falsified monthly and annual reports to the school administration to cover up her fraudulent conduct and misled her school administration into believing the finances were properly accounted for.

The criminal information also alleges that Kreuper directed St.

 

 

 

 

James School employees to alter and destroy financial records during a school audit, the Justice Department statement said.

In her plea agreement, Kreuper acknowledged diverting money to pay for personal expenses that included credit card charges and 'large gambling expenses incurred at casinos'

A statement from her attorneys said that Kreuper was 'very remorseful for what happened' and had been cooperating with law enforcement and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Kreuper became a nun at 18, said the statement, reported by KNX-AM radio.

'Unfortunately, 918kiss register later in her life she has been suffering from a mental illness that clouded her judgment and caused her to do something that she otherwise would not have done,' the statement said. 

'She is very sorry for any harm she has caused.' 

Kreuper has agreed to appear in United States District Court for an arraignment on July 1. 

 

 

 

 

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