Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
July 3, 2014
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
Arrests Made in Nationwide Organized Retail $2 Million Theft of Baby Formula
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office today announced the arrest of three women for an organized retail theft of baby formula. Alicia Tondreau-Leve, of Rockledge, Fla., allegedly operated a business on Craigslist named “Formula Mom.” According to the investigation, Leve recruited Guilyanna Guzman, of Orlando, and Alexis Lyn Dattadeen, of New Port Richey, to help her steal large quantities of baby formula and then ship the formula to New York, Wisconsin, and California. Leve allegedly generated up to $2 million from this scheme.
"I am grateful to our law enforcement partners who helped dismantle this alleged retail theft ring who targeted local stores," said 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.