Man claims he stole over $20,000 from his Little League team to pay for his sons medical bills.
35 year old Christopher Vasquez, in Houston is charged with stealing thousands of dollars from a Little League team that he ran and is facing felony theft. Thousands of dollars were raised to help fund for the kids in need and to better the equipment they had but people started to noticed nothing was being done so they investigated. One $17,000 check was made by a sponsor to get better Score boards for games but the money was never deposited and nothing was ever fixed. When asked why he took the money after he was arrested he told Police the he had to use the money for his sons Surgeries and medicines that sometimes would cost him thousands of dollars at a time.One parent said that he let down the kids and it is hard to explain to them what has happened , especially since they use to look up to him.Christopher Vasquez has a criminal past record for criminal mischief after stealing product from a local company. He was released from jail and was on a $15,000 bond during the time he was stealing.
Theft is a term that refers to a wide variety of crimes such as shoplifting, fraud, embezzlement, identity theft, or burglary. In Texas, most theft crimes have been consolidated into one single theft offense, which can be found in section 31.03 of the Penal Code. Theft is defined as the unlawful appropriation of property with intent to deprive the rightful owner of that property. Many believe since he owed money to his bonds that he had used that money to pay off his debts.The Ex Little League Coach is facing a State Jail Felony Theft — The value of the stolen property is more than $2,500 but less than $30,000. It is also punishable as a state jail felony if the property stolen is a firearm, if the accused has previously been convicted two or more times of any theft offense, or the value of the property stolen is less than $20,000 and is aluminum, bronze, copper or brass. A state jail felony carries a punishment of 180 days to 2 years in a state jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000.