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Archdiocese decides to charge nuns accused of stealing money

Posted: 3:46 AM, Dec 10, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-12 16:52:51Z

UPDATE DEC. 12: The archdiocese of Los Angeles has announced that they are planning on pursuing charges against the 2 nuns believed to have stolen money from a school for trips and gambling.

ORIGINAL STORY
One of the Ten Commandments is "Thou shalt not steal."

A lesson apparently ignored by two nuns at a Southern California Catholic school. The school telling parents Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper and Sister Lana Chang admit to embezzling school funds.

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles says the nuns took half a million dollars or more over the years, allegedly to spend on travel and casino gambling.

The theft was revealed during a recent audit.

At first the school said it "does not wish to pursue criminal proceedings".

But now, the Archdiocese tells ABC News the investigation has deepened and they are considering making this a criminal case.

“It's a crime. Just because they're in a special place doesn't mean they can do that,” says Francis Grimes, St. James Church parishioner.

According to the Long Beach Press Telegram , Sister Kreuper made several trips to our valley.

13 Action News looked into any possible between the sisters and Las Vegas.

Public records show Sister Kreuper had a registered post office box in Clark County and even a home address on the east side near Flamingo and Eastern.

Records show she lived there from 1990 until 2003.

In a letter to parents from the school monsignor says that the nuns "asked that I convey to you the deep remorse they each feel for their actions and ask for your forgiveness and prayers."

“That's a lot of money. I’d like to know what they spent it on,” says Tim Kelley, parishioner.

The nuns order says the women are cooperating and intend to pay all of the money back in full.

13 Action News is working to get a statement from the Diocese of Las Vegas regarding Sister Kreuper.