Federals investigate failed deal for 39 million of medical masks in California
The federal force task have started the investigation of a failed deal for millions of N95 masks in California.
Last month it was reported announced that a California health care workers’ union had found a supplier with 39 million N95 masks. Amid growing shortage of masks at hospitals treating coronavirus, United Healthcare Workers went searching for the masks.
During the deal, Kaiser Spokesman, Marc Brown, had questions about the supplier and backed out the deal to buy 6 million of the masks.
“We learned shortly afterward that the supplier never had possession of the masks,” Brown said, according to the paper. “We are cooperating with federal law enforcement in their investigation of suspected fraud in this case.”
According to the Times, there was no indication SEIU was a target of the investigation, and the exact reasons why the masks didn’t come through remain unclear.
SEIU spokesman Steve Trossman told the Times the union “was trying to save the lives of healthcare workers and patients” and that union officials “were proud of having made that attempt.”
The name of the supplier was turned over to the federals, who investigate suppliers of medical equipment related to the coronavirus.