Woman receives 3 years probation in counterfeit coupon case

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Marilyn Johnson By Andrew Michalscheck Marilyn Johnson By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- A Valley woman will be spending the next few years on probation for her role in an international counterfeit coupon operation.

Marilyn Johnson, 54, was sentenced on Thursday to three years probation for a counterfeit mark violation. 

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

Ramirez, who authorities had called the ringleader, had counterfeit coupons shipped in from overseas. She would then sell the coupons on savvyshoppersite.com for approximately 50 percent of face value.

The scheme cheated manufacturers out of $400 million to $600 million.

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

On May 2, Ramirez was sentenced to two years in prison and seven years of supervised probation.

Last week Fountain was sentenced to three years probation for a counterfeit mark violation.