More than 40 medical masks sellers in Bangkok arrested for overpricing


BANGKOK — Police arrested more than 40 medical mask sellers on 3 March 2020 for selling highly overpriced masks. 

Six teams including officials from the Ministry of Commerce and the Department of Internal Trade arrested 40 cases after the team went across Bangkok in search of overpriced medical masks sellers.

Evidence the officials found includes 11,993 masks being sold about 10 times the market price before the Coronavirus situation started. Officials also arrested 2 other suspects selling overpriced medical masks via online with evidence including 4,350 masks worth about 66,000 THB.

The sellers were charged with selling the medical masks at overpriced price tags, selling items without clearly displaying the price, and hoarding controlled products without reasonable purposes, Thai Residents reported, adding that all of the suspects have been sent to the Consumer Protection Police Division (CPPD) for further prosecution.

Before the big arrest, the CDDP went to inspect 7 pharmacies in Bangkok and discovered that 2 were not clearly displaying the price of medical masks and they were overpricing them. The 2 sellers have been arrested and sent to the Bangkok Noi Police for further prosecution.

As for the update on used medical masks being recycled and resold as brand new masks, One 31 Channel reported that there were 3 arrests made —Jintana Namvichai, Wiraporn Thongsantia, and Pinwalach Jamradsri.

According to reports, the 3 suspects washed the used masks and ironed them to lay flat before placing them into paper boxes to look brand new. They have admitted that over 200,000 used masks have been sold and put out onto the market at a price of 3 THB per mask.

Sources: Khaosod | CPPD | One31 | Kapook | Thai Residents

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