Woman gets probation in counterfeit coupon ring case

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Amiko Fountain By Jennifer Thomas Amiko Fountain By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A woman accused of being part of a counterfeit coupon ring was sentenced Wednesday to three years probation.

Amiko Fountain, 43, pleaded guilty to one count of counterfeit mark violation in November.

Fountain, Marilyn Johnson and Robin Ramirez were arrested last July after police raided three homes and seized $25 million worth of coupons.

Authorities accused Ramirez of shipping in counterfeit coupons from overseas and selling them online for approximately 50 percent of face value.

Fountain and Johnson were accused of helping Ramirez by operating the site and assisting with the shipping of the coupons.

Ramirez pleaded guilty to illegal control of an enterprise, counterfeiting and fraud schemes. She was sentenced to two years in prison with credit for 287 days time served and seven years of supervised probation. She also was ordered to pay restitution.

Johnson pleaded guilty to a charge of counterfeiting. She was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday.