CA: Elderly nun faces 40 years for stealing from school to support her gambling

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“An elderly California nun will plead guilty to stealing from the Catholic school where she worked for decades in order to support her gambling, according to US prosecutors. Mary Margaret Kreuper, 79, allegedly stole more than $835,000 (£590,000) while working as the principal of a school in suburban Los Angeles. She is now facing 40 years in jail. A plea agreement released on Tuesday says that she will admit to diverting funds to pay off large gambling debts. Sister Kreuper, who had taken a vow of poverty, ran the St James Catholic School in Torrance, California, for 28 years. Officials say she began stealing in the 10 years leading up to her retirement in 2018. … Her lawyer told the newspaper that she was ‘very remorseful’ and that ‘mental illness’ had clouded her judgement.” (06/09/21)