He sent both photos by mail to his wife in Honduras. The local media got wind of the tragic death and picked up the story. But even a little research revealed that Gonzalez was not as dead as he claimed to be.
“My wife calls me every week just to tell me to send her more money,” the fictitious dead man said as the reason for his unconventional approach. “I had already sent her six [cell phones] and she kept calling me to tell me it was stolen.”