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Two nuns steal money over a decade from Catholic school to play in Las Vegas Casinos

By Sophie Couard

Two nuns embezzled checks meant for the Catholic school in which they worked, for approximately $500,000 over more than a decade.

While gambling has been good to many players, particularly for the ones that have won millions, it also brings out the worst in some people. There was the good news story of the famous $25,000 pocketed by a fervent opponent of gambling. Other times, however, it is bad news as we see in the story today involving two American nuns accused of embezzlement to play at casinos in Las Vegas. Let's take a closer look in the sections below.

Roughly $500,000 diverted over more than ten years

It was Monday, December 10th that the case came to light. Sister Mary Margaret Keuper, principal of St. James Catholic School in Torrance near Los Angeles, California, and her very good friend Sister Lana Chang, a fourth-grade teacher, had just admitted to misappropriating checks. The value of these checks worked out to about $500.000 over more than ten years. With this money, the two friends had embarked on frequent trips to casinos in Las Vegas.

Mary Margaret Keuper and Lana Chang

Following the audit trail after their recent retirement

Following an audit after their recent retirement, they admitted to using the money to play at casinos in Las Vegas.

Everyone knew that they used to go on trips and that they frequented casinos during their holidays. But it was only after an audit was conducted following their recent retirement, that their fraud was detected. The two sisters have now acknowledged the facts with deep regret.

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By Sophie Couard
By Sophie Couard - EDITOR

I am a great fan of gambling, I became a croupier to finance my studies. After my high school diploma in economic and social sciences , I obtained a bachelor's degree in economics and then a master in philosophy with a thesis on player behavior. After working in an online casino customer support, I became a writer on FeedBACK Casino.