Monday, a Los Angeles nun and school administrator were sentenced to a year in federal prison for stealing more than $800,000 to pay for their gambling addictions.
During her tenure as head of St. James Catholic School in Torrance, a Los Angeles suburb, Mary Margaret Kreuper, 80, acknowledged to embezzling funds from 2008 to 2018.
To wire and money laundering charges, she admitted guilt in July.
The Long Beach Press-Telegram reports that U.S. District Court Judge Otis D. Wright II also ordered Kreuper to pay back the school around $835,000 in reparations.
As Kreuper explained via teleconference, “I have sinned, I have broken the law and I have no excuses.” So many people’s faith in me was violated when I strayed from my vows, my commandments, the law, and most importantly, their sacred trust. Because I made a mistake, and because of this, many individuals have been harmed, I sincerely apologize.”
In a plea deal, the now-retired elementary school principal admitted to prosecutors that she had embezzled contributions, tuition, and fees, according to the prosecution.
For personal costs, including credit card purchases and “large gambling expenditures incurred at casinos,” Kreuper admitted in her plea deal, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.