Bling loving Clarissa Vasquez, leaves Brooklyn Federal Court on Thursday after her arraignment on allegations of hiding dope proceeds for her fiancé and her brother
Clarissa Vasquez of Queens, New York who gained notoriety from the July bust when her Instagram posts showcased her ostentatious flaunting of what feds said was drug-gotten wealth was accused of lying to the feds about cash and some luxury fleet of autos among other items connected to her fiancé and her brother, both of whom are being held on suspicions of heroin dealing.
The 28-year-old woman who recently claimed a net worth of $300 after previously boasting of rolling her baby in a Versace stroller was charged with making false statements to law enforcement about her connection to a fancy fleet of cars allegedly purchased with drug money.
The fed warrants accused Clarissa’s brother Peter Vasquez and her fiancé of Luis Lopez, big-time ballers when they were arrested in July for their alleged roles in a heroin trafficking cartel that moved hundreds of kilos into New York City.
Brooklyn federal prosecutors said the men poured their proceeds into luxury vehicles, exotic vacations, jewelry, clothes, and the designer stroller worth more than $3,000.
Although she has not been charged in the dope dealing, federal agents reportedly, recovered about $100,000 in merchandise in an August search of Clarissa Vasquez’s home, including the stroller which was seized, Gerdes said Thursday.
Clarissa’s brother Peter Vasquez [third right], and her fiancé Luis Lopez [second right], seen with the rest of the gang are facing trial for their alleged roles in the Queens based heroin ring busted by feds in July
Super whips for the brothers-in-law. Luis Lopez owns the Lamborghini Hurracane [left], the Rolls Royce Silver Ghost [right] belongs to Peter Vasquez
Prosecutors and other law enforcement agents had asked Clarissa Vasquez if any of the vehicles linked to her or her family were registered or titled in her name.
Apart from a Lexus SUV, Vasquez said no. But state DMV records said she was registered for her brother’s 2015 Mercedes-Benz 563, plus the 2015 Mercedes-Benz 563 she and Lopez drove.
It was also revealed that weeks before meeting with the feds, Vasquez made cash payments of $900 for the BMW and $860 on a Range Rover. Investigators discovered that while the Range Rover was registered to one of her sisters, Clarissa and Lopez had actual use of the vehicle.
During arraignment, lawyers clashed on whether Vasquez was broke, or swimming in cash.
The infamous $3,000 Versace stroller that Clarissa Vasquez showcased on Instagram was seized by feds last month when they raided her home
The outsized jewelry that is the trademark of Peter Lopez. Here he shows off his bling on social media before they were seized by the feds
In one of her Instagram postings, brother Peter Vasquez is seen with their mom beside a Porsche Cayenne she had been gifted by her son
Gerdes said Vasquez had “tremendous access to wealth.” She said last month’s search netted at least 20 pairs of Christian Louboutin shoes, estimated to be worth $700 to $1,000 a pair, a horde of unused bags each costing thousands, but no jewelry.
Attorney Jean Barrett said Vasquez had to borrow money for the car payments and was going to move in with her mom. She said prosecutors hadn’t proved Vasquez was selling off goods.
Vasquez declined to comment to on the charges and was released by Magistrate Judge Vera Scanlon on her own recognizance Thursday. She faces up to five years if convicted.
She covered up before leaving the courthouse with two women, one of whom swatted at photographers before they departed court in a white Porsche SUV.