Two nuns have been accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a Catholic school to help fund their trips to Las Vegas.
Maybe the Almighty might forgive a couple of nuns for a few trespasses they committed, but whether the authorities back on Terra Firma might be just as forgiving is another thing entirely. It was reported on Monday, December 10th, that the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has determined that the duo could have embezzled as much as a half-million dollars from a Catholic school in nearby Torrance.
What was in the school coffers — generated from revenue sources like donations, tuition and a variety of fees — was used for a diversity of field trips. The problem is, that none of them was sanctioned by the school for the benefit of the students. Instead, the nuns apparently used to fund their own trips to Las Vegas. Besides covering travel and accommodations costs, the cash was also used for gambling.
According to Monsignor Michael Meyers of St. James Catholic School, a significant amount of money was taken by Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper and Sister Lana Chan to pay for their jaunts to Las Vegas. Although auditors have so far calculated that at least $500,000 was taken from the school, they are convinced that a lot more money might have been stolen to subsidize those wild nights in Sin City.
The disappearing dough was flagged as part of a standard audit taken shortly after Kreuper retired from her position as principal of the school earlier this year. Chang also retired in 2018 from her Grade 8 teaching position. At the same time the shortfall was discovered, a family that donated funds to St. James Catholic School, upon requesting a copy of the cheque used in the transaction, found out it was deposited in a bank account that didn't bear the name of the school.
An internal investigation has started, and while the police were notified of the theft, the Archdiocese has decided not to press charges. That decision was based on the reaction from the nuns who expressed remorse over their actions and promise to pay back the money.
It only goes to show that what goes on in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas, especially when higher powers with divine agendas are involved.