BOERNE, Texas – Three people have been indicted and charged with crimes related to the disappearance of over $177,000 from the Boerne High School Band Boosters and Chaparral Cabinetry.
According to a press release issued by the Boerne Police Department Saturday, “On April 15, 2019, the Kendall County Grand Jury returned six true bills of indictment against Nicole L. Allwein-Villanueva, Joel M. Villanueva, and Laura A. Lancaster having found probable cause against each defendant for the offenses of Misapplication of Fiduciary Property $150,000-$300,000 and Theft $150,000-$300,000, both second-degree felonies.”
The Kendall County District Clerk subsequently issued 6 warrants for these individuals on April 18, 2019.
According to Boerne Police Department Captain Steve Perez, “Defendant Nicole Villanueva used her position as Treasurer with the Boerne High School Band Boosters to divert $87,500 to Chaparral Cabinetry, where she was employed and managing the business.”
“In the course of her employment, Nicole Villanueva gave herself, her husband, Joel Villanueva and her friend, Laura Lancaster money from Chaparral Cabinetry totaling over $90,000.”
“Additionally, Lancaster went to the City of Boerne and signed a new Utilities Commercial/General Services Contract for Chaparral Cabinetry using the real Chaparral’s account and information listing herself as the contact and authorized agent.”
He also said, “The business owner’s name was forged.”
The release also stated, “Each co-defendant has been indicted for one count of Misapplication of Fiduciary Property $150,000-$300,000 and one count of Theft $150,000-$300,000.”
“Laura Lancaster’s bond is $50,000 for each offense, Nicole Allwein-Villanueva’s bond is $100,000 for each offense and Joel Villanueva’s bond is $50,000 for each offense.”
“Nicole Allwein-Villanueva and Joel Villanueva were arrested Thursday evening and transported to Kendall County Jail while Laura Lancaster was arrested in Bexar County and transported to Bexar County Jail.”
This case was investigated by the Boerne Police Department with assistance from the Department of Public Safety, and the Kendall County District Attorney’s Office.