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.