SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CNN) – Eight people have been arrested in California for price-gouging during the coronavirus pandemic.
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department says deputies have been monitoring multiple online websites in person-to-person sales where people were selling products like toilet paper, hand sanitizer, masks and gloves at exorbitant prices.
Through a sting operation, deputies — dressed in plain clothes — met the sellers, made the transactions, and then arrested them.
It is illegal in California to sell essential goods and services at excessive and unjustified prices during a declared emergency.
Violators can face up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.