Meyers said that the improper use of money has been going back at least 10 years. He said the missing money wasn't found because the parish and school have run in the black so no one caught the discrepancy, the Press-Telegram reported.
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Meyers said that Kreuper admitted taking the money. She was the school principal and she kept some checks that were written to the school for tuition and fees, stamping them with the words that read “St. James Convent” instead of “St. James School.” She then allegedly deposited the money into an account that had been forgotten by all except for Kreuper and Chang.
Church officials said that they used most of the money for 'personal gain," but some was directed for use at the school, the newspaper reported.
The archdiocese is cooperating with Torrance police but will not file a complaint after the nuns’ order, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, agreed to pay the school full restitution. The order will also issue sanctions against Kreuper and Chang. Since the discovery, the two nuns, whom many described as best friends, have been sent to separate convents.
Parents are upset though charges have not been filed, saying that if the nuns were not part of the church, they would face the courts. Some said they would like to see the restitution be given to the teachers in the form of pay raises and used at the school for improvements, since Kreuper said the school couldn't afford it while she was principal, according to the Press-Telegram.
Some parents also are contemplating joining together to be a complaining party and contact police to get charges filed.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney spokesperson said the DA’s office has not been contacted by police about a case. But police officials said that they will speak with prosecutors at some point.
The new principal has instituted an online tuition payment system, instead of parents writing checks to the school, the Press-Telegram reported.