San Antonio, Texas, April 7, 2017: Yesterday, officers with the San Antonio Police Department’s Repeat Offender Program, or ROP, arrested Andrea Vasquez, age 44, for four felony cases of Theft. A Bexar County Grand Jury indicted Vasquez as a result of a joint investigation between the District Attorney’s Office and the San Antonio Police Department.
On October 9, 2016, Vasquez hosted a charity event at a downtown venue, claiming the proceeds would be donated to the San Antonio chapter of “THair for You,” a national charity that provides wigs to cancer patients. During the event an oversized $20,000 presentation “check” made out to the charity “THair for You” was presented; however, the Comptroller for the charity stated that the charity never received any donation from the event. Vasquez advertised that the event was hosted by a charity named the “Fashion for Cancer Foundation.” During the joint investigation, it was determined that there was no charity named “Fashion for Cancer Foundation” registered as non-profit with the State of Texas. A small business owner provided fashion related services for the event, and the event was paid for with checks from a business named “Lauren Nicole, LLC,” a bank account associated with Vasquez. The bank account did not have sufficient funds to cover the checks written. The small business owner and checks written to vendors were never paid. The checks and services totaled almost $30,000.
Theft is a state jail felony, punishable by 180 days to 2 years in state jail and up to a $10,000.00 fine. However, if convicted, Vasquez could face 2-10 years in prison for each case due to her past criminal history. In 2001, Vasquez was sentenced to ten years in prison for killing a mother and injuring her daughter in an intoxication-related crash.
This incident is an ongoing criminal investigation. If you believe you have been a victim of Andrea Vasquez, please contact SAPD’s White Collar Division at (210) 207-7451.