Saturday, May 26, 2018
Public safety

New Port Richey woman accused of aiding in $2 million baby formula racket

NEW PORT RICHEY — Three women conspired to steal baby formula and resell it on Craigslist in what Florida's Attorney General called a $2 million nationwide criminal operation.

One of them lives at 3641 Haven Drive.

Alexis Lyn Dattadeen, 34, was arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit racketeering, according to a Thursday news release from the Attorney General's Office. Alicia Tondreau-Leve of Rockledge, and Guilyanna Guzman of Orlando were also arrested on the same charge.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokeswoman Samantha Andrews described the trio's operation: Dattadeen and Guzman would sell baby formula stolen from stores such as Publix and Walmart to Leve, who would then hoard it in storage units.

Then Leve would sell the formula through Craigslist, shipping it to customers in New York, Wisconsin and California.

On Craigslist, their business was known as Formula Mom.

Leve stashed cash in the storage units, too, Andrews said, adding investigators found about $34,000.

Andrews said the women were being held in the Orange County jail Thursday.

Times staff

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