Woman changes plea in Phoenix fake coupon ring case
Amiko Fountain at her court appearance 11/9/12
PHOENIX (AP) - A women arrested in a Phoenix police investigation into a fake coupon ring has pleaded guilty to one count of counterfeit mark violation.
Maricopa County prosecutors say 42-year-old Amiko Fountain changed her plea at a court hearing Friday. She's scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 1.
Fountain was arrested in the case in July along with two co-defendants, Marilyn Johnson and Robin Ramirez. All three originally pleaded not guilty to felony charges of illegal control of an enterprise, forgery, counterfeit marking and engaging in a fraudulent scheme.
Police say they seized more than $25 million worth of fake coupons and $2 million in other assets from the women's Phoenix-area homes.
One of the suspects allegedly bought counterfeit manufacturer coupons overseas and sold them online. Fountain was accused of helping operate the site and shipping the coupons.