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Some people take couponing to the extreme, obsessively clipping ads and stockpiling whatever happens to be on sale that week. Now, three Phoenix women have been accused of taking extreme couponing too far.

On Tuesday, Phoenix police took Robin Ramirez, Marilyn Johnson, and Amiko Fountain into custody on accusations that the women were running a counterfeit coupon ring, According to authorities, the case is the "first of its kind" in the United States.

A Phoenix woman has been arrested on accusations that she lied about having breast cancer to collect thousands of dollars which she used to buy breast implants, reports.

According to police, 27-year-old Jami Toler collected the money from family, friends, and co-workers, telling them it was for cancer treatment. Toler has been charged with felony fraud and theft.

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is currently under investigation by the FBI, according to The Arizona Republic. Horne allegedly illegally worked with an independent expenditure committee that raised over $500,000 in 2010 to run disparaging ads against Horne’s Democratic opponent.

A whistleblower who worked for Horne brought the accusations to light in February by filing a complaint with the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office. The office then forwarded the complaint to the FBI.

Ex-Loan Officer Gets 15 Years in $38M Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Jaime Lee Lawler, a.k.a. Paige Kinney of Phoenix, has been sentenced by a federal court to 15 years in prison over a plethora of misdealings, reports The Arizona Republic.

According to a press release by the Department of Justice, Lawler was initially charged with wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. She was sentenced on March 7, 2012, after pleading guilty to the charges. Under a separate indictment, she also pleaded guilty to charges of bankruptcy fraud.

Donald Lapre, Phoenix Vitamin Pusher and Alleged Fraud, Dies

Authorities report that Donald Lapre, the disgraced Phoenix-based vitamin seller and alleged fraud, was found dead in his Florence prison cell on Sunday, reports The Arizona Republic. Lapre has been in federal custody since July on multiple charges of fraud, money-laundering and conspiracy stemming from his heavily-promoted business, the Greatest Vitamin in the World.

The pill pitchman and alleged fraudster faced 41 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, promotional money laundering and transactional money laundering. Lapre allegedly cheated hundreds of thousands of consumers and investors out of hefty commission checks that were promised in exchange for investing in his products.

Identity Theft on the Rise in East Valley

Don’t leave purses or handbags in plain view inside of unattended vehicles. Not only is this an easy way for a purse to be stolen, but it’s also a way that many people in the East Valley become victims of identity theft.

According to ABC News, at least 90 people have been confirmed to be victims of identity theft over the last several months in the area. Chandler police are now investigating an East Valley identity theft ring. The investigation reportedly began in December 2010, when people reported that there purses were stolen from their vehicles in daycare parking lots and city parks throughout Chandler. Within days, the Chandler theft victims apparently noticed inconsistencies with their checking accounts and credit cards accounts.

Arizona Donut Owner Tong-Seng Luy Facing Criminal Charges

Tong-Seng Luy, the owner of a Yuma doughnut shop, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for failing to pay overtime wages to some of his employees, according to The Yuma Sun. A business owner will not typically face criminal charges after failing to pay wages, but in this case Luy has been accused of falsely reporting to the U.S. Department of Labor that all of his employees had been paid the total amount of back wages that were agreed upon.

Luy allegedly promised to pay $27,000 in back wages to eight employees, but then withheld the money over a two-year period. Now, the owner of Arizona Donut faces 10 counts of concealment by trick, making false statements to the U.S. Department of Labor and willful failure to pay overtime.

John Kromko Sentenced to Probation in Forgery Case

Perhaps former representative John Kromko should have never been able to run for office in the 2008 election. The man who once served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 1976 to 1990 admitted that he forged 29 names on a petition that may have qualified him to run for the House seat in 2008. Now at the age of 70, The Arizona Daily Star reports that Kromko will not be able to run for public office for at least five years because of the plea agreement that was made in the case.

Kromko initially faced several felony charges over the incident, which included identity theft, forgery and fraud. Yet a plea agreement allowed the politician to plead guilty to just one misdemeanor count of forgery and one felony count of fraud. The fraud conviction will be knocked down to a misdemeanor conviction upon the completion of probation.

Maribeth Kona Arrested for Using Counterfeit Money at Garage Sale

It is certainly more difficult to get away with using counterfeit money these days compared to several decades ago. Yet people across the state of Arizona will still occasionally use invalid bills to make a purchase.

The Arizona Republic reports that Mesa police officers recently arrested 56-year-old Maribeth Kona after she allegedly used counterfeit bills to pay for items at local garage sales. The fake bills apparently did not contain the security features of a genuine bill, such as a security strip, watermark or security threads.

CPA and Attorney Sentenced to Prison for Tax Fraud

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FOX News reports that Steven W. Allen used to work as a Mesa attorney, but was convicted of tax fraud and will now spend almost four years in prison for the offense. Prosecutors said that Steven Allen helped his clients evade their taxes by promoting and selling a fraudulent scheme that involved setting up bogus foreign trusts to hide his clients' income.