Three Southwest Florida women ran a coupon racket that resulted in over $30,000 of theft at drug stores throughout Central and South Florida.

The investigation was conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and assisted by the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office.

Suspect Ramona Foster, 45, made fake digital and paper coupons, which she gave to her companions Kenya Morris, 25, and Thelma Flint, 26. The team used the fraudulent coupons to purchase gift cards and other items at local drug stores in Charlotte, DeSoto, Lee, Broward, Brevard and Volusia counties, according to FDLE.

After Morris and Flint bought the gift cards, they gave half of the profit back to Foster, who provided the fake coupons, as payment for the fake coupons. Morris and Flint bought items with the gift cards and sold them on social media, police say.

Walgreens Loss Prevention contacted FDLE’s Sebring Field Office, which then began investigating the scheme.

Flint and Morris, both of Riviera Beach were arrested Sept. 10 on charges of grand theft $20,000 or more, but less than $100,000, and conspiracy to commit grand theft $20,000 or more, but less than $100,000, and unlawful use of a two-way communications device. The pair was booked into the Palm Beach County Detention Center.

Foster, of Gardendale, Texas, was arrested Sept. 18 on charges of grand theft $20,000 or more, but less than $100,000, and conspiracy to commit grand theft $20,000 or more, but less than $100,000, and unlawful use of a two-way communications device. She was booked into Ector County Detention Center in Texas.

The case is being prosecuted by Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Office of Statewide Prosecution in Fort Myers.

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