Two nuns who worked at a Catholic school in California have admitted embezzling about $500,000 and using it to gamble in Las Vegas.
The Sisters have since claimed that they never set out to have a totally awesome time in Vegas, but that they accidentally got into ‘bad habits’ which led to their behaviour spiralling out of control as they realised just how much more enjoyable a casino can be compared to a convent.
Mary Kreuper was the school principal for 29 years, while Lana Chang worked as a teacher for about 20 years. They are thought to have stolen the money over a period of at least a decade to spend on travel and gambling.
The sisters took the money from an account used to hold tuition fees and blew the lot in Vegas, presumably because they had both taken a devout oath when they were younger not to blow anything else.
The nuns were allegedly able to conceal their actions by depositing a number of cheques made out to the school for tuition and other fees into a separate bank account not used by the school.
The Sisters have claimed that they had hoped during their many trips to Las Vegas that someone would challenge their behaviour and cause them to have a conviction of conscience, but this never happened as everyone in Las Vegas merely assumed the pair were strippergrams and threw even more money at them, which didn’t help matters.
Friends have confirmed that the Sisters have expressed their remorse by saying a dozen Hail Marys and giving back half of their profit to the Church.