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Los Angeles nun, 80, jailed for $835,000 school robbery

Los Angeles nun who stole over $800,000 to pay for gambling habit has been sentenced to one year in federal prison

LOS ANGELES — A nun and school principal in Los Angeles who stole more than $800,000 to pay for a gambling habit was sentenced to a year in federal prison on Monday.

Mary Margaret Kreuper, 80, admitted to stealing money from 2008 to 2018 when she was principal of St. James Catholic School in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance.

She pleaded guilty last July to one count of wire fraud and money laundering

U.S. District Court Judge Otis D. Wright II also ordered Kreuper to reimburse the school about $835,000 in restitution, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported.

“I have sinned, I have broken the law and I have no excuse,” Kreuper said by teleconference. “My actions were in violation of my vows, my commandments, the law and, above all, the sacred trust that so many had placed in me. I was wrong and I am deeply sorry for the pain and suffering I caused so many people.

Prosecutors said in a plea agreement, the now-retired elementary school principal admitted that she misappropriated donations, tuition and fees.

In his plea agreement, Kreuper admitted misappropriating money to pay for personal expenses, including credit card charges and “significant gambling expenses incurred in casinos,” the U.S. attorney’s office said.

ABC News

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