Detectives Seeking Public's Help After Nun's Alleged Embezzlement Scandal

December 17, 2018 - 1:49 pm

(KNX 1070) -- Investigators in Torrance are adding staff to help gather information week into the nuns alleged embezzlement scandal at St. James Catholic School. 

The scandal went public when officials at the high school notified parents that Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper and Sister Lana Chang allegedly had been “involved in the personal use of a substantial amount of school funds,” a statement from St. James Catholic Church obtained by PEOPLE says.

Detectives want to hear from anyone who believes their tuition checks or cash donations might have been compromised.

School officials say two nuns over the course of several years stole $500,000 and used it for travel and gambling.

The additional police staff at the Torrance Police Department will be on-hand Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Thursday from 8 a.m. until noon.

The the two nuns carried out the misconduct “over a period of years,” the church’s statement dated November 28 says.

Initially, church officials planned to handle the matter internally.

The two nuns retired this year and have not been charged with any crime.