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PHOENIX (CBS5) -
A widespread counterfeiting and forgery operation linked to a Phoenix home has led to the arrests of three women and the seizure of $25 million in fake coupons, Phoenix police said.
More than 40 of the nation's largest manufacturers were victimized in what is believed to be the first case of its kind in the U.S.
Phoenix police culminated an eight-week investigation by serving search warrants at three Valley-area homes Tuesday.
Those arrested were identified as the alleged leader of the operation, 40-year-old Robin Ramirez, and her two helpers, Amiko Fountain, 42, and Marilyn Johnson, 54. Each were booked into jail on charges of illegal control of an enterprise, forgery, counterfeiting, fraudulent schemes and artifices and trafficking in stolen property.
The residents in the home were forging coupons that offer customers free or highly discounted items, said Officer James Holmes of the Phoenix Police Department. For coupon users, these are called "high value" coupons and they are primarily the same as cash, Holmes said.
Police confiscated $2 million worth of assets that included $240,000 in vehicles, 22 guns, a 40-foot speed boat and other assets. Officers also seized packing material and equipment used to process the coupons.
Holmes said high quality copies of manufacturers' coupons began to surface in the U.S. from an unknown source about four years ago.
"This is a significant fraud," said lead investigator Sgt. David Lake.
"I was contacted by one of the companies who had been asked to look into the source of these coupons by Proctor & Gamble," Lake said.
Lake said the victim companies, along with Coupon Information Corporation, hired private investigators to find where the coupons were being sold and investigators found several in Arizona.
Ramirez is accused of "bringing in these coupons from overseas in large quantities and selling them on her website for 50 percent of face value," Lake said.
The bogus website was selling the phony coupons online for hundreds of dollars, police said. In return, customers would receive coupons valued at two to three times what they spent, Lake said.
"These were free-item coupons," Lake said. "Some of them, like for Iams, you get this coupon from her for $10 and you can get a $70 item. Walk out of the store with a $70 bag of dog food. If you can get an unlimited number of those, think how this grows."
Police said the scope of the investigation and the economic impact - hundreds of millions of dollars in losses - goes beyond imagination.
Ramirez faces charges of controlling and operating an illegal enterprise, forgery, money laundering and counterfeiting.
Stay with cbs5az.com and CBS5 News for updates on this developing story.
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Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:35 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:35:47 GMT
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