Karen Guzman entered into a plea agreement in her counterfeit coupon case on Thursday, July 13, 2023. She pled no contest to a felony violation of CA Penal Code Section 496(a) (receiving stolen goods).
As part of her plea agreement, the remaining three counts were dismissed with a Harvey Waiver. A Harvey Waiver allows the dismissed counts to be considered in sentencing.
Ms. Guzman was sentenced to 90 days in jail, placed on 2 years of formal felony probation, ordered to stay away from all CVS and Target stores for 2 years, and not to have any contact with CVS/Target employees for 2 years. Restitution was reserved, and the restitution amount is currently being reviewed by the Judge.
Points of Interest
- More than $200,000 in products were recovered when search warrants were executed.
- CVS Asset Protection Professionals conducted a first-rate investigation of the situation.
- CIC Members provided support on this case by verifying the status of multiple counterfeit coupons.
- This case marks the first field use of the CIC® Suspect Coupon Checker App by a retailer in connection with an investigation that led to criminal charges.
- CIC Staff provided additional assistance and expertise.
- CIC News Release, December 23, 2020: Operation Liquidator: COUNTERFEIT COUPON ARRESTS
- Coupons in the News Story, December 24, 2020: https://couponsinthenews.com/2020/12/24/four-arrested-in-suspected-200000-counterfeit-coupon-ring/
- A brief mention on the local CBS News Station from December 24, 2020,