Lakewood police have released a photograph of a man believed to the husband of a woman suspected of scamming several Hispanic families out of nearly $140,000.
The man went by the name Jose Fernandez when he got a business license to lease storefront space in the 8600 block of South Tacoma Way. However, investigators have now determined that the California identification he presented for the license was false.
Police believe he’s the husband/accomplice of “Señora Monica,” who claimed she was able to cleanse money of evil. Several families gave her money to cleanse and when they showed up for their final session Sunday at the store Botanica Centro de Consultas, Señora Monica was nowhere to be found.
Lakewood police are now searching for her and her husband. They might be driving a white Chevrolet Suburban with California license plates and a gray Honda Civic-style car. They also are believed to have three boys, ages 3 to 15.
Investigators ask anyone who knows the real identity of “Jose” or “Señora Monica” to contact them at 253-830-5000.