US Nun Arrested After Stealing Rs 6 Crore From School to Gamble

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On Monday, a nun in California was sentenced to one year in prison for stealing $ 835,000 (Rs. 6.23 crore) from an elementary school to feed her gambling habit. Mary Margaret Krooper, 80, vowed to dedicate her life to the service of God 60 years ago but today is guilty of money laundering and wire fraud over a ten-year period when she was principal at St. James Catholic School. The money was also used by the nun to travel to grand resorts like Lake Tahoe, where visitors come for summer cruises and winter skis. “I’ve sinned, I’ve broken the law, and I have no excuse,” Kreuper told the court, according to a Los Angeles Times report. In confessing to her crime, she described her own actions as a violation of the commandments, her vows, the law, and the holy faith that so many people put into her.

Money donated to the school for tuition and charitable contributions was transferred to Cropper’s hidden accounts. When the audit threatened to expose the scam, Krooper instructed workers to destroy any papers that could be used against them. When confronted by the Los Angeles Archdiocese, Krooper maintained that priests were paid more than nuns and that she thought she had increased, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The nun’s lawyer, Mark Bryan, explained that gambling was her addiction, adding that it was not fair to her and that there was only one explanation. She said she should be allowed to serve her time at the convent where she has been held since her crimes were uncovered in 2018.

District Judge Otis de Wright II said he was discussing with himself whether the condition of the convent was worse than that of the inmates. Prosecutors cited letters from parents and students, including a 12-year-old boy, to the judge’s report, who said Krauper was “just like any other robber.” According to Wright, after examining all the letters, it was found that Crooper was forgiven by most of the families.

Admitting that Krauper had been a great teacher for many years, the judge said that at some point she completely ran off the road. Krooper was sentenced to one year and one day in prison. She will also need to pay the school more than $ 800,000 in compensation.

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