Two nuns have admitted embezzling about $500,000 (£396,000) from the varsity the place they labored and spending it at casinos in Las Vegas.
Sisters Mary Kreuper and Lana Chang are believed to have taken cheques meant for tuition, charges and donations, and paid them right into a checking account separate from the one utilized by their college in Torrance, California.
A lawyer for St James Catholic Faculty stated the 2 girls, who’re finest mates, had a “sample of occurring journeys” and a “sample of going to casinos”, native media reported.
The rip-off, which is believed to have lasted not less than a decade, was found after Kreuper, who was college principal for 29 years, retired earlier this 12 months.
Chang, who taught on the college for 20 years, additionally retired earlier this 12 months.
The college’s pastor, Monsignor Michael Meyers, stated in a letter to oldsters “substantial” quantity of faculty funds had been taken for private use.
The nuns’ order stated the quantity of funds taken was about $500,000 (£396,000), AFP information company reported.
No different college employees have been implicated and police had been known as, Monsignor Meyers stated.
He added that the nuns felt “deep regret” and requested for “your forgiveness and prayers”.
“They pray that you haven’t misplaced belief or religion within the educators and directors of the varsity,” he stated.
Monsignor Meyers stated the varsity didn’t wish to pursue felony proceedings, whereas the Archdiocese of Los Angeles stated it was not prepared to let the matter drop and supposed to “turn into a complaining get together”.
The sisters are cooperating with an investigation to evaluate simply how a lot cash was embezzled, Monsignor Meyers informed dad and mom.
He stated in his letter: “I wish to guarantee you that the investigation has disclosed that, however this misappropriation, no scholar or programme at St. James has suffered any lack of academic sources, alternatives, or improvements.
“In sum, the training of your youngsters has not and won’t be affected by these occasions.”
The nuns’ order, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, stated its neighborhood was “saddened by this example and remorse any harm to our lengthy relationship with the households of the varsity”.
“The sisters have confirmed the misappropriation of funds and have cooperated within the investigation,” it stated.
“The Sisters of St Joseph each need and intend to make full restitution to St James Faculty.”