Plainview store owner hit with federal charges for alleged hoarding, price gouging of PPE

A Plainview businessman has been charged with illegally hoarding and price gouging over four tons of personal protective equipment needed in the fight against the coronavirus.

News 12 Staff

Apr 24, 2020, 9:01 PM

Updated 1,551 days ago

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A Plainview businessman has been charged with illegally hoarding and price gouging over four tons of personal protective equipment needed in the fight against the coronavirus.
News 12 reported earlier this month on Bobby Singh, owner of Wholesale Liquidation Center. He said in a YouTube video at the time that he had been cited by Nassau County for selling expired and fake masks, as well as selling them in plastic bags.
Singh allegedly continued doing what he was doing, and now he's been charged by the federal government for price gouging, hoarding and selling outdated, nonsanctioned N95 masks and other PPE.
According to court documents, Singh "...received or attempted to receive 40 shipments of disposable face masks, weighing more than 1.6 tons- 14 shipments of disposable surgical gowns, weighing more than 2.2 tons and 1.8 tons of sanitizer."
Singh is also charged with selling PPE face shields and full-body isolation suits, both of which have been designated as scarce and threatened materials by the secretary of Health and Human Services.
Singh is accused of reselling PPE at "allegedly unconscionable trade prices" including N95 masks from 59-99% above costs and disposable masks at a markup of over 1,300%.
Singh made a video on April 2 to apologize to Plainview residents who had complained about alleged price gouging at his store. He didn't admit to it, but said he felt badly that people felt that way.
He allegedly also sold his products at inflated prices to some vulnerable populations like the Association to Benefit Children and the New York Foundation for Senior Citizens.
In a statement, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran says, "It is simply unconscionable for anyone to prey on consumers during a unprecedented pandemic, especially as Nassau County leads the nation in confirmed coronavirus cases and fatalities outside of New York City."
 


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