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July 30, 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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