California Man Arrested for Price-Gouging Protective Masks amid Coronavirus Pandemic


California Man Arrested After Selling Box Masks for $300

A California man was arrested Tuesday after he was allegedly caught trying to sell protective masks at price-gouging rates amid the coronavirus outbreak, according to police.

Authorities received complaints about a man who was advertising N95 respirator masks through a categorized website for $300 a box. 

Investigators were able to meet the seller, identified as 30-year-old John Baldonado, from Covina, before buying a box of N95 masks for $300. He was thereafter arrested on suspicion of price-gouging. 

After a more in-depth investigation, Baldonado was found with 21 more boxes that contained 420 N95 respirators. 

Baldonado told the authorities that he was not working and was doing this because of the hard times. The masks were of high importance during the virus pandemic, but most of the people lacked them because of source shortages. 

Many people have been arrested during the pandemic for cases of theft and hoarding of medical supplies. During such times, people were prohibited by the law from charging prices more than 10 percent of the cost of items, especially the medical supplies such as face masks. 

Wrongful death and personal injury attorney Arin Khodaverdian, President and Managing Partner of Alpine Law Group, urges accidents victims and their families to immediately seek legal assistance. “Those who are affected by tragedy have rights, but they must act quickly in order to preserve those rights to the full extent of the law. Often, swift action by an experienced attorney is imperative in order to preserve evidence, interview witnesses and immediately begin pursuing any and all responsible parties.”

While Mr. Khodaverdian does not represent any of the parties involved in this incident, he has recovered over $100 million for thousands of injury victims and their families. “In one case, we were able to recover a 7-figure settlement within 11 business days of being hired by the family of a victim killed by a negligent driver. While this result is atypical and does not predict future outcomes, justice in this case help bring about closure and a swift sense of justice for the family.”

Mr. Khodaverdian, a contributor to this site, is available for free consultations 24/7 by calling 800-984-4123.