A Georgia businessman has been charged with hoarding 200,000 face masks that he bought from a foreign country and selling them for twice as much as he paid on his baby clothing website, according to the Department of Justice.
The man, Milton Ayimadu, 22, allegedly bought the masks from an unnamed foreign country for $2.50 each. He sold the masks for $5.00 each through his website, babypuupu.com, which also sells baby clothing and accessories, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Georgia.
“Ayimadu allegedly saw the unprecedented Covid-19 global pandemic as an opportunity to make a profit,” U.S. Attorney Byung J. Pak said in the release. “Desperate to find personal protective equipment during the pandemic, thousands of customers unfortunately paid his inflated prices.”
Mr. Ayimadu, of Stockbridge, Ga., was arraigned on Thursday and charged with two violations of the Defense Production Act