Los Angeles, Calif., Feb 8, 2022 / 13:07 pm
A Catholic religious sister and longtime school principal has been sentenced to a year in federal prison for embezzling more than $800,000 from a Los Angeles-area elementary school.
“I have sinned, I’ve broken the law and I have no excuses,” Mary Margaret Kreuper reportedly told the court. “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’m profoundly sorry for the pain and suffering I’ve caused so many people.”
The 80-year-old sister pleaded guilty in July 2021 to wire fraud and money laundering.
She admitted to diverting more than $835,000 in donations, tuition, and fees from St. Joseph School in Torrance from 2008 to 2018. She reportedly used the money for gambling, trips, and other personal expenses.