Phoenix woman allegedly made, used fake coupons

Police: Phoenix woman passed off $300K in fake coupons to support heroin habit

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More than a quarter of a million dollars -- that's how much money police say 51-year-old Terry Darcy was able to steal from valley businesses using fake coupons -- and the crime spree was committed over the past several years.

According to police, Darcy was copying legitimate manufacturers' coupons and then using them at Target stores all over the valley.   She would then return the products for full price and walk away with the cash. 

The scheme was very profitable, bringing in hundreds of thousands of dollars a year -- but she wasn't saving the money -- police say she spent it on heroin.

Take a look at the surveillance video.  You'll see the suspect allegedly buying hundreds, possibly thousands of dollars worth of items with bogus coupons.

Target caught on to her and alerted Phoenix Police.

"To the tune of $175,000 since Target caught onto her and we got involved.  And the investigation showed that she had been doing this since about 2008 to the tune of about $300,000 a year," said Officer James Holmes.

When she was caught on Friday, Darcy was living in a hotel near Interstate 17 and Dunlap.  Inside her room, police found about $500 worth of items and dozens of fake manufacturer coupons.

"She certainly had the equipment to make those counterfeit coupons look real," said Holmes.  "She would do this all day long everyday.  It was almost like it was her job."

You Wouldn't want to be stuck behind her at the checkout line.  We sped up the surveillance video from September 10th -- take a look at the time -- she spent nearly 30 minutes at the checkout -- handing the cashier what police say were fake coupons.

"Employees, store managers all became a little suspicious of what she as doing," said Holmes.

Authorities say she's go to Target stores across the valley and use the bogus coupons.  According to police, she admitted that heroin addiction cost her about $150 a day.

Darcy was booked on a number of charges including trafficking in stolen property.  Now police are looking into how she was able to get her hands on so many original manufacturers coupons that she used to make the fake copies.

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