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Fake weight loss nurse already serving time now charged in murder for hire scheme

Posted at 10:06 AM, Oct 02, 2019

A woman previously charged with the unlicensed practice of health care in Polk County and already serving time is now also being charged with solicitation to commit first degree murder.

Jesusadelaida "Jesse" Lopez, 40, of Winter Haven was charged in 2018 with six counts of unlicensed practice of health care while working at the "Drop It like It's Hot" weight loss clinic. She worked there despite not holding any medical degrees. Investigators said she reached a plea deal, but while on probation more complaints of unlicensed health care activity after she opened a gym. She landed back behind bars.

Now the Polk County Sheriff's Office says she asked an undercover detective to kill her husband.

"Ladies and gentleman in Polk County vernacular this lady’s a nut. But she’s dangerous she thought she was gonna get her husband killed. She intended to get her husband killed. She made every effort to get her husband killed. But we saved his life. And she’s got another felony charge," said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

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The sheriff's office says the investigation started in August when they were told Lopez was making comments about wanting her husband, Daniel Lopez, killed.

During the investigation, Lopez called the detective and send him "smart mail" emails from jail, as well as at least one physical letter. The sheriff's office says Lopez asked the detective to "remove a tree" from her home and agreed to pay him $2,000 for it.

Lopez told the detective to make it look like a "robbery gone wrong" and to make sure it didn't trace back to her, according to the sheriff's office.

"During an interview, Lopez admitted to making the statements. she admitted sending the letter, she admitted making the phone calls and she was giggling and laughing and really enjoyed the attention," Judd said.

Lopez has been in the Polk County Jail since February of 2019. Now Polk County Sheriff's Office is charging her with solicitation to commit first degree murder.