ORLANDO, FL-- They call it-- "Operation 'Got Milk,'" investigators in Florida believe Alicia Tondreau-Leve led a baby formula scheme that generated up to $2M in profits.
The business spanned in several states-- New York, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts. Leve and two alleged accomplices, Guilyanna Guzman and Alexis Lyn Dattaadeen were arrested Thursday.
Officers say Leve would sell it, mostly to Mom and Pop shops, some in Wisconsin who paid well below the retail price.
"I am grateful to our law enforcement partners who helped dismantle this alleged retail theft ring who targeted local stores," said Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.
“Quality cases like this are a result of the strong partnerships within the Florida law enforcement community,” said FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey. “My appreciation to each officer and analyst who worked this case.”
“The Orange County Sheriff’s Office was glad to work with the Attorney General’s Statewide Prosecutor, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and several sheriff’s offices to bring to justice white-collar criminals who were preying on local grocery stores,” said Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings.
Each defendant is facing charges of Conspiracy to Commit Racketeering punishable to 30 years in prison. The Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute this case. The Casselberry Police Department, Ocoee Police Department and Cape Coral Police Department assisted with this case.