While New York City faces a critical medical supply shortage due to coronavirus, one alleged price-gouging Brooklynite sat on a stockpile of almost a million life-saving items in hopes of making big profits. Luckily, the feds got wind of it and confiscated them after charging the guy with lying to FBI agents and coughing on them when they confronted him.
Via ABC News:
Prosecutors say 43-year-old Baruch Feldheim hoarded the supplies in order to take advantage of the COVID-19 crisis and was selling them to doctors and nurses at prices as much as 700% above market value.
Feldheim was charged with assault of a federal officer, as well as lying to investigators for allegedly deceiving them when they asked him about the equipment. Feldheim has not yet entered a plea to the charges but his attorney told ABC News in a statement that he “categorically denies” the allegations by DOJ.
Hoarding and price gouging are not crimes, but they are certainly reprehensible under the circumstances.
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