A retired nun and former principal at St. James Catholic School in Torrance, Calif., admitted to federal prosecutors that she embezzled over $830,000 from the school to fund her gambling habit. The school’s principal, Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper, 79, was stealing the money and using it to bankroll her gambling habit, federal prosecutors said, violating her vow of poverty.
On Tuesday, prosecutors charged the now-retired nun with wire fraud and money laundering for embezzling more than $835,000 from the school. Kreuper pleaded guilty and is due in court for arraignment on July 1. In a statement to The Washington Post early Wednesday, Kreuper’s lawyers, Mark A. Byrne and Daniel V. Nixon, said she is “very remorseful” and “sorry for any harm she has caused.”