California nuns steal $500k from school, take gambling trip to Vegas

Two California nuns have admitted to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from a school and gambling it away in Las Vegas casinos.

Sisters Mary Margaret Kreuper and Lana Chang were removed from their residence and placed in a supervised house after confessing to misappropriating funds from St James School in Torrence, California.

The BBC reported they had taken around US$500,000 (NZ$727,000) from the account.

US Correspondent Sandy Hughes told The AM Show that the Sisters were apparently best friends.

"One of the women was a principal, another was a teacher, and they liked to take their little jaunts over to Vegas," she said.

She said the nuns, who are now retired from the school, had asked for forgiveness from the church and the school.

No criminal charges were to be laid against the pair, according to the Catholic Church.

Ms Hughes said the money was found to be missing during a routine audit of school finances.

In a statement, the Sisters of St Joseph said they did not condone the actions of the two nuns.

"What happened is wrong," they said, adding they were "concerned and saddened by this situation and regret any pain this has caused".