San Diego County deputies investigate price-gouging amid COVID-19

San Diego County deputies investigate price-gouging amid COVID-19
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The San Diego Sheriff’s Department has cited eight people in connection to an investigation into the online price-gouging of high-demand items amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Deputies began monitoring peer-to-peer sales websites and apps and found people selling hygiene products, cleaning supplies, and personal protective equipment at inflated prices — some up to twenty times their retail price.

Plainclothes deputies arranged to meet sellers to purchase the items, at which point they cited them for violation of California Penal Code 396(a), which prohibits excessive and unjustified price increases of consumer goods and services during a declared emergency.

The eight people cited were:

Dale Gottschalk (53) of unincorporated El Cajon

David Gold (53) of Escondido

David Noriani (35) of San Diego

Tony Dai Ta (53) of Poway

Chasity Lynn Long-Ross (45) of San Marcos

Richard McCake Simpson (47) of Vista

Spencer Ryan Silva (26) of Escondido

Eric Marc Duran (58) of Rainbow

San Diego County deputies investigate price-gouging amid COVID-19 was last modified: March 19th, 2020 by admin
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