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Case Number: 1:21-cr-00060-CFH
Judge: Christian F. Fummel
Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of New York (Albany County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Albany, NY: Hoarding and price gouging in violation of the Defense Production Act of 1950 (DPA) criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Imran Selcuk, age 35, of Troy, New York.
Selcuk admitted that, in March 2020, he purchased approximately 100,000 KN95 facemasks and 25,000 surgical-style facemasks for $1 per mask and 50 cents per mask, respectively. Selcuk then offered these masks for sale at his Troy pizza restaurant and through a website for as much as ten times his acquisition cost. Selcuk also admitted that his website falsely represented that the KN95 masks he offered for sale were certified by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). In fact, the FDA does not “certify” facemasks.
50 U.S.C. sections 4512, 4513 [Price gouging designated scarce materials]
Outcome: Defendant is sentenced to 3 years Probation, a $2,500.00 fine and a Special assessment fee of $25.00.