A half-dozen third-party sellers in Kentucky who used Amazon’s online platform were issued subpoenas by Attorney General Daniel Cameron Thursday for suspected price gouging during the coronavirus pandemic.
Cameron says the six sellers allegedly engaged in price gouging of essential emergency and medical supplies, including hand sanitizer and N95 respirator masks. He points out some sellers inflated the price of these items by as much as 1,951 percent when marketing to consumers.
Attorney-General Cameron says the egregious actions of these third parties will not be tolerated in Kentucky. He adds the subpoenas issued should serve as a warning to anyone who tries to illegally profit from COVID-19.
Cameron says Amazon worked with his office to identify the top price gougers based in the state. He says over half of the sellers were served with cease and desist orders, adding investigations are continuing.