Brooklyn man arrested for hoarding huge amount of medical masks and allegedly coughing on FBI agents
A Brooklyn man was arrested by the federal authorities for allegedly coughing on FBI agents claiming he was infected with coronavirus while they were investigating him for hoarding medical supplies including masks.
43-year-old Baruch Felheim was a suspect in a FBI case of storing massive amounts of N95 respirator masks, federal officials said.
On March 18, Felheim also allegedly sold about 1,000 of the masks for $12,000 to a New Jersey doctor. Authorities additionally accused him of price-gouging.
Feldheim was reported to the authorities by the doctor of Irvington, NJ, that he allegedly hoarded enough medical supplies “to outfit an entire hospital” after Feldheim directed him to pick up another order. Materials included: hand sanitizers, Clorox wipes, chemical cleaning supply agents and surgical supplies.
Feldheim also received a huge shipment of about eight pallets of face masks to his home. He was selling the supplies to people from his home, multiple witnesses confirmed seeing people walking from his house with boxes in hands, which later turned out to be medical supplies.
The agents confronted Feldheim outside his house, keeping a safe social distance over coronavirus fears.
“When the agents were within four to five feet of him, Feldheim allegedly coughed in their direction without covering his mouth,” the US attorney’s release said. “At that point, Feldheim told the FBI agents that he had the Coronavirus,” the statement said.
Following Feldheim’s arrest, the FBI Monday night raided a warehouse on Pennsylvania Avenue in the industrial section of Linden, N.J. that housed Feldhim’s suspected stash of 80,000 masks.