(NewsReady.com) – There’s always someone who tries to take advantage of a situation for their own benefit, no matter how unethical it might be. For instance, in March, a Tennessee man purchased over 17,000 bottles of hand sanitizer to price gouge and resell for a profit. After coming under massive amounts of scrutiny and criticism, he eventually donated them. Then, there are the fraudsters who try to steal from vulnerable people, like a Georgia man who was arrested recently.
An Atlanta man was arrested in a $750-million respirator mask scandal. Christopher Parris, age 39, was attempting to sell 125 million masks to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in exchange for gigantic upfront payments.
The 125 million masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) didn’t exist.
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) worked with special agents in Baton Rouge and Atlanta to arrest Parris. He’s being charged with wire fraud, which could land him 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Thankfully, he’s been caught and brought to justice, but there’s something we can all learn from these kinds of stories.
If you’re searching for supplies or services and something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. These chaotic times might have us searching for hope in the wrong places. Many Americans are good, honest, decent people, but there’s always someone out there trying to make a quick buck at your expense. Don’t fall victim.
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