MERCER COUNTY —
Two Erie-area woman charged in a coupon fraud scheme have been entered into the probation-like Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program.
If Debra C. Waldron, 38, and Stephanie L. Yeager, 43, complete the yearlong program, prosecutors will dismiss the cases against them.
Waldron and Yeager were charged with theft, conspiracy and related crimes by Hempfield Township and Hermitage police for their activities at local Walmarts.
A Hermitage Walmart employee approached police about suspicious merchandise purchases in October.
Police said the women selected low-priced merchandise, took it to the cashier and presented coupons for similar but higher-priced merchandise.
They were able to buy lower-priced merchandise and receive credit, gift cards and/or cash in return, police said.
Police located the women Oct. 19 in Hermitage and found in their car a bag containing thousands of coupons and Walmart bags full of merchandise.
Police obtained search warrants of their homes and seized gift cards and merchandise.
The women must pay the costs of their supervision and $1,173 restitution to the Hempfield Walmart and $1,121 to the Hermitage store.
Each woman also must perform 25 hours of community service.