Woman offers to 'cleanse' cash, makes off with huge amount - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Woman offers to 'cleanse' cash, makes off with huge amount

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LAKEWOOD, Wash. - Police in Lakewood are searching for a self proclaimed "witch doctor" who disappeared with hundreds of thousands of dollars of her clients' money.

"Senora Monica" told her clients that she could "cleanse their cash of evil spirits".

Most of those duped by the scam were migrant workers.

"Monica" and her husband ran a store in Lakewood where they sold religious items including statues, candles and talismans.

The families turned over their money for "cleansing" and were supposed to get it back Sunday night at the Monica's storefront. Monica never showed, and police say much of the information on the business license for the store is false.

The business was advertised on local Spanish radio.

Police believe that the couple have carried out the same scam in California in the past.

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