The top federal prosecutor in West Tennessee has asked hospital leaders to speak out about hoarding or price gouging of medical supplies.
Memphis-based U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant says he’s focused on “the deterrence, investigation and prosecution of wrongdoing” related to COVID-19 supplies.
Items like N95 masks, ventilators and other personal protective equipment were deemed “scarce” in a March 23 presidential executive order, triggering criminal and civil enforcement tools.
In a letter sent to hospital leaders, Dunavant says he’s also watching for fake treatments, tests and vaccines.
Information can be provided to 901-601-0599 or [email protected], or to the National Center for Disaster Fraud hotline at 1-866-720-5721.