Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper was the principal at St. James Catholic School announced her retirement after 28 years.
A family at the school asked for a copy of an old check they had written to St. James. When staff members found the check, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported, they realized it had not been deposited into St. James’s account but a different bank account.
School officials recently told parents that two nuns, Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper and Sister Lana Chang, stole about $500,000 from the school over a ten year period. “We do know that they had a pattern of going on trips, we do know they had a pattern of going to casinos, and the reality is, they used the account as their personal account,” Marge Graf, an attorney representing St. James, told a group of parents at a meeting last Monday night, according to the Beach Reporter.
An account opened in 1997, belonging to the church, became Kreuper and Lang’s personal use account.
“We were an ATM, and people know it and they won’t ask for justice,” Jack Alexander, a parent at St. James, told the Southern California News Group.”These nuns took a vow of poverty and said, ‘Oh, no, we’ve got a rich uncle,’ ” Alexander told the paper. “The rich uncle was the parents of the St. James students.”
Kreuper and Chang may not face legal consequences, because the order is willing to repay the money, the archdiocese has decided not to pursue criminal charges against them.