Arizona’s CBS 5 has an update on the Phoenix counterfeit coupon ring:
The families of two Valley women accused of helping a large-scale counterfeiting and forgery operation say they are shocked by the allegations.
Arthur Johnson said his wife was arrested at their south Phoenix home where they run a small dog breeding business. He said it was through his wife’s internet searches for dog food coupons that she became connected with both 40-year-old Robin Ramirez, the alleged leader of the operation, and 42-year-old Amiko Fountain, another alleged helper.
While police confiscated $2 million worth of assets from Ramirez’s upscale north Phoenix home, including vehicles, guns and a speedboat, Arthur Johnson said only in the last four months did his wife begin working for her, boarding and packing coupons once or twice a week, in exchange for free coupons. They were coupons they believed to be legit and were told Ramirez got through a nonprofit organization that she belongs to.
CBS 5 News also spoke with one of Fountain’s relatives, who said Fountain is an honest person who couldn’t have known about the scheme because she never gained financially from it.
Ramirez’s family would not comment.