It was the largest fraudulent coupon ring bust in US history; yesterday Phoenix Police arrested three Phoenix women for their roles in the distribution of counterfeit coupons. “Operation Supercoupon” was an eight week investigation, spear headed by Bud Miller, the executive director of the Coupon Information Corporation (CIC) which is a non-profit organization dedicated to stopping the sale and spread of fraudulent coupons.
Today we have more information from family members of two of the suspects in this case, Marilyn Johnson, and Amiko Fountain; Robin Ramirez made no comments. Marilyn Johnson is a retired special education teacher who, according to her husband Arthur Johnson, hasn’t had so much as a speeding ticket. He states that his wife was arrested at their small south Phoenix home where they run a small dog breeding business. Arthur Johnson states only in the last four months did his wife begin working for Ramirez, sorting and packing coupons once or twice a week in exchange for free coupons. They were told Ramirez got the coupons through a non-profit organization and they believed the coupons were legitimate.
A relative of Amiko Fountain stated she is an honest person that could not have known about this scheme because she never benefited financially. In fact, she is a chiropractor who has been struggling financially and even had to borrow money shortly before her arrest.
Phoenix Police say the coupons were actually coming from overseas and Ramirez was selling them online in what has now become the first counterfeiting and forgery case of its kind in the US. Johnson has secured an attorney and Fountain is waiting to be appointed a public defender. All three women are currently being held at the Estrella County Jail.