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July 4, 2015

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Police accuse woman of keeping gifts collected for needy children

Vera Lopez

Vera Lopez

Metro Police have arrested a woman accused of obtaining toys and gift cards from the Southern Nevada Burn Foundation for needy children, then using the gift cards herself and failing to distribute the toys.

Vera Lopez, 41, was arrested Monday on four counts of burglary, two counts of obtaining money under false pretenses and two counts of obtaining property under false pretenses. She was being held at Clark County Detention Center on $35,000 bail.

According to police, she requested toys from the SNBF using a fictitious document that claimed she was partnered with a local non-profit organization. Police said she requested 2,200 toys and gift cards for a party she said she was having for needy children.

She received more than 150 toys and about 75 $10 Walmart gift cards. Police allege Lopez spent the gift cards on groceries, personal clothing, a car battery and a Christmas tree. Police said she held a Christmas party but did not provide any toys to needy children.

Officers searched her residence and arrested her Monday, police said. The toys were recovered and returned to SNBF, police said.

Lopez is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 6.

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  1. It's a shame some people will use the holidays to take advantage of the generous spirit of others.

  2. Hopefully no one will bail her out and she will get to spend the Holidays in Jail with time to think about how she screwed many others out of what could have been a nice Xmas.

    Really is to bad there are people like this. She is worse then the ones running around stealing peoples Xmas decorations. There are some pretty low people these days.

  3. Bah, HUMBUG!!!
    What a thoughtless twit.

  4. bondsman, I've had a very "slow" year work wise. I.E. a lot less income. We have made cuts wherever possible and then some. We never resorted to stealing from others when cash was short. Never even considered it. They need to lock her up in the same cell with the teacher they just busted. My son just had to spend what was to be his Christmas money replacing the window in his truck because someone broke into it, using your logic, we should feel sorry for the thief who smashed his window and stole his belongings (which were not in plain sight). They need to make sure the thief in this article gets to eat jail food for Christmas dinner this year.

  5. Again....WTF is going on in this world?? And WTF is wrong with people?

    I don't buy the "she was trying to provide for her family". BullSh&t to that! She has no conscience. Most selfish evil people don't.

  6. roguerunner

    People have forgotten a long time ago why we celebrate Christmas, and it has nothing to do with buying presents and running up your credit card or stealing for that matter.

  7. There is no shortage of selfish a-holes.
    She probably thought she was being extremely clever.
    Prosecution (and punishment) "to the fullest extent of the law" sounds like an appropriate "gift" for her.

  8. The grinch(ette) who stole Christmas. No excuse for this. Maximum punishment, If possible I'd like to see her have to stand outside a mall wearing a sign stating what she did.