Inside the underground market for face masks

 

Source: Desmond Butler, Juliet Eilperin & Tom Hamburger, Washington Post ( Paid Registration )

The international market for desperately needed medical masks is riddled with fraud. Up and down the supply chain, from factories to hospitals, opportunists are benefiting from the chaotic market as prices have quintupled. Rampant price gouging and fraud has provoked dozens of lawsuits and hundreds of cease-and-desist orders, from major mask manufacturers as well as state attorneys general.

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