Unsealed indictment tied to Las Quesadillas restaurants across Texas

Several accusations leading to multiple counts of wire fraud

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – A federal grand jury handed up a now unsealed indictment against Juan Enrique Kramer, Adriana Pastor, Noel Olguin and Karina Hernandez on April 7 in the Western District of Texas. The indictment states Kramer and Pastor, his wife, promoted turnkey investments tied to Las Quesadillas, a fast food restaurant in San Antonio and throughout Texas. Both promised to take the steps needed to create and open new Las Quesadillas restaurants and turn them over to investors, once established. For a single location, they charge about $105,000 to $115,000 or about $250,000 for a “master license” location.

The indictment also alleges Kramer and Pastor targeted Mexican national investors. According to the indictment, Kramer and Pastor partnered with Texas Franchise Business and Consulting, a business operated by Olguin and Hernandez, to recruit investors. Olguin allegedly attended investment fairs and conferences in Mexico to recruit investors. He and Hernandez met with investors and promoted Las Quesadillas, as a safe opportunity.

Olguin and Hernandez are accused of risking the safety and security of the opportunity at the time they knew Kramer and Pastor. They repeatedly took investor money, failed to deliver on their contracts and refused to return investor funds. The parties are also accused of maintaining other manners and means of their conspiracy. One example is the accusation of marketing and selling multiple Las Quesadillas locations knowing the locations wouldn’t be completed and in, in some cases, never provided investors with anything valuable in return for their investments. Kramer and Pastor were accused of using money for personal purposes. In some cases, they used funds to provide partial payments to previous investors.

Kramer allegedly displayed inaccurate and fraudulent accounting numbers, often beginning but not completing construction. The majority of investors resided in Mexico, therefore; they were unable to regularly visit the locations. The indictment also stated that Kramer falsely informed the Mexican investors that the construction process was moving along as planned. Kramer offered partial refunds or stakes in other businesses as an alternative to repayment when investors complained. When these methods didn’t work, Kramer and Pastor cut off all communications after threatening to sue the investors for breach of contract

Ultimately, the indictment charges all parties with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Kramer is also charged with four counts of wire fraud, Olguin and Hernandez with two counts of wire fraud and Pastor wit hone count of wire fraud.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas is prosecuting the case. The case was investigated by the Texas State Securities Board, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service — Criminal Investigations Division.