Hoarding of Medical Supplies Lawyer in Miami
PPE Fraud Defense in Florida
When disaster strikes, one of the first things people do is hoard essential items, such as crucial medical supplies. While it is important for people to reasonably stock up and businesses to make smart storage decisions, those who hoard crucial medical supplies far above what is necessary can be subject to federal prosecution and face serious criminal penalties.
If you or your business has been accused of hoarding medical supplies in Florida, our Miami federal hoarding attorney at The Law Office of Joel DeFabio is dedicated to helping you avoid conviction. We understand having personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic is required to keep you, your family, and your employees safe during this trying and uncertain time, which is why our firm can protect your rights and business.
To schedule a free initial consultation, contact us today at (305) 851-5581.
COVID-19 & Federal Hoarding Laws
The COVID-19 pandemic has strained medical supply chains since many devices are from China or made by a small number of businesses.
To combat the hoarding of scarce medical supplies such as masks, gowns, medication, and hand sanitizers, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on March 23, 2020, to prohibit such hoarding. Additionally, the COVID-19 Hoarding and Price Gouging Task Force was established to aggressively pursue individuals and businesses who have accumulated a stockpile of critical supplies either far beyond what they need or in order to resell at a higher price.
Hoarding scare materials for the purpose of reselling is prohibited under the federal Defense Production Act (DPA) of 1950. Violating the DPA is punishable by a maximum federal prison sentence of one year and a fine of no more than $10,000.
Schedule a Free Consultation Immediately
Our Miami federal hoarding lawyer can assess your case, figure out your available legal options, and defend you throughout the federal investigation and court process. Do not hesitate to let us prove that your stockpile is necessary to protect those close to you or to run your business.
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Joel was especially great. I was able to meet with him when I needed to and he called me all the time to give me an update. Really professional lawyer and team.- Emilia
I was represented by Mr. Joel DeFabio, and I am very satisfied with the courtesy and professionalism he provided. He is a very sensitive, clever and resourceful attorney. The staff is excellent as well. I am glad I found them. Excellent team in general, I highly recommend them.- Hilario
It was a pleasure working with Mr. DeFabio and his legal team. Remarkable work ethic and superior legal knowledge. It was a very pleasant experience having them on my team.- Former Client
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CHARGES DISMISSED Assault of a Federal Officer
ALL CHARGES WERE DISMISSED Charged with refusing to comply
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CHARGES DISMISSED Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud
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