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3M hunts fraud in prices for masks; NY car dealer is charged in price gouging case

Jun 01, 2020 - USA Today

Efforts to crack down on fraudulent 3M mask sales ended with a first criminal case last week when a used car salesman was charged with trying to bilk New York City out of $45 million.

But it didn't begin like many criminal cases do, with a law enforcement investigation. It started with the 3M company ramping up its own fraud detection unit after the coronavirus pandemic wiped out its supplies of medical-grade N95 masks, creating a market for profiteers.

Since March, the company has f...