WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (FOX 13) - A Winter Haven woman was arrested, again, for practicing health care without a license, detectives said.
Polk County deputies arrested 39-year-old Jesusadelaida "Jesse" Lopez after they learned she was committing the same crime, they said. In June 2018, she faced several charges for practicing health care at “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” which was marketed as a weight-loss clinic at 6356 Cypress Gardens Boulevard.
Officials said she was portraying herself as a nurse at the time. She was arrested again on Thursday, but this time was practicing without a license at Jesse’s Gym, located at 1141 U.S. Highway 92 in Auburndale.
"She's still so arrogant that she has 'Drop It Like It's Hot' on her gym advertisement on the front of her building," said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. "Did you hear me? She's already been arrested and on probation for her 'Drop It Like It's Hot' program and she creates another gym business using the same vernacular."
He continued, "Well, we're going to drop her like she's hot in the county jail. Then when she's steamed up in the county jail, we're going to drop her like she's hotter in the state prison, because she just doesn't get it."
On February 7, an investigator with the Florida Department of Health made a weight loss consultation appointment at the gym after complaints were filed of unlicensed health care activity. During the consultation, officials said Lopez offered HCG shots. Officials described it as a prescription “in some fad diets to allegedly lose weight.”
Lopez also offered B-complex and “lipo” shots, officials said. A few days later, a Polk County detective and health investigators visited Jesse’s Gym and met with Lopez and another employee, who offered them weight loss supplies. The investigator paid $300 for the appointment.
On February 14, a state probation officer visited Lopez at home. Detectives said she was told not to contact anyone during the visit, but used her Apple Watch to tell a Jesse’s Gym employee to remove incriminating evidence from the business.
During the visit, officials said they found needles and “lipo” medicine inside her vehicle. Judd said some of the medications she was using were supposed to be refrigerated, but were instead kept in a mason jar.
Lopez was arrested that day.
"We know there are lot victims of Jesse Lopez and some of them don't realize that's she's not legit," Sheriff Judd said, urging any potential victims to give his office a call.
Deputies said 51-year-old Edward Forgue, described by investigators as Lopez's fiancé and part-owner of the gym, started removing items from the business and placing them inside his truck. Officials said he was alerted of the state probation officer’s visit by Lopez’s cousin. He was arrested for tampering with physical evidence.
"We're thankful in getting information that Ms. Lopez was operating illegally as a fake medical practitioner once again,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement. “She put more lives in danger with no medical experience. She was given a chance and a break last time: probation with an opportunity to rehabilitate. She didn't seize that opportunity and now she is back in jail."