Kylie Jenner ‘could face jail time’ amid claims over beauty brand’s figures

Kylie Jenner could face ‘jail time’ after Forbes alleged she ‘faked’ her billionaire status in a ‘web of lies’.

The publication published a scathing article about the 22-year-old on Friday (29 May), claiming she had been lying about her cosmetic company’s earnings.

They even accused her of ‘creating tax returns that were likely forged’.

Kylie took to social media soon after to respond to the allegations, suggesting there were ‘a number of inaccurate statements and unproven assumptions’ in the piece.

And renowned lawyer Jan Handzlik has now said the accusations from Forbes could land the Lip Kit queen in serious legal trouble.

‘My guess is that at a minimum the SEC will begin what they call an informal inquiry and then perhaps elevate that to a formal investigation, which gives them subpoena power,’ he said.

The former federal prosecutor explained this could see the US Attorney’s office ‘jumping in’, as well as a criminal investigation by the Department of Justice.

As well as possible time behind bars, Jan said Kylie could also be given eye-watering fines to ‘make Coty whole again’ after the beauty conglomerate bought a 51% stake in her business for $600million (£487m) last November – and valued her company at $1.2billion (£972m).

‘If the Department of Justice decides to make this a criminal case… if there were to be a conviction, that could include jail time for any individuals who were responsible,’ he continued to DailyMail.com.

‘We don’t know if there’s something here that doesn’t meet the eye. But taking the allegations at face value, there is certainly a basis to conduct an investigation and maybe move ahead with an enforcement action or a criminal prosecution.

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‘In fact if the court rules that the Jenners or Jenner companies have received ill-gotten gains, profited from a financial statement fraud or financial misdeed, then these rather staggering sums of money that were paid or distributed within the Jenner orbit, the SEC could order those be returned. In other words they would seek to make Coty whole again.’

Forbes named Kylie the ‘youngest self-made billionaire’ at 21 in 2019, heralding her for turning her lip kit line into a massive empire.

However, they have now sensationally accused the mum-of-one, and those around her, of lying about her sizeable wealth and successful business, and ‘creating tax returns that were likely forged’. 

In a scathing new piece, Forbes explained they were given stats about her earning from 2016 onwards which saw her impressive wealth rise thanks to the launch of Kylie Cosmetics.

But it was her deal with Coty that raised eyebrows among financial experts, who claimed the beauty conglomerate was ‘paying too much’ for such a new brand.

Sales figures released by the brand imply that Kylie Skin had only generated $25million (£20m) in sales in one year since the 2019 launch – much less than the $100million (£80m) in sales Kylie’s rep allegedly told Forbes they had earned in revenue in the first month-and-a-half. 

‘More likely: The business was never that big to begin with, and the Jenners have lied about it every year since 2016—including draft tax returns with false numbers—to help juice Forbes’ estimates of Kylie’s earnings and net worth,’ they wrote. 

‘While we can’t prove that those documents were fake (though it’s likely), it’s clear that Kylie’s camp has been lying.’

‘But okay… I am blessed beyond my years, I have a beautiful daughter, and a successful business and I’m doing perfectly fine.

‘I can name a list of 100 things more important right now than fixating on how much money I have.’

Metro.co.uk has contacted Kylie Jenner’s reps for a comment.

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NYPD cops face disciplinary charges over ‘George Floyd-style’ incident

An NYPD cop will face misconduct charges for putting his knee on a suspect’s neck — the same move that led to the controversial police death of George Floyd in Minnesota.

“The internal investigation is recommending discipline for several members of the Department involved in the incident. Charges are expected as early as next week,” the NYPD said in a statement Friday.

Officer Francisco Garcia was suspended pending an Internal Affairs Bureau probe after he was caught on camera violently subduing a suspect in the East Village on May 2.

Cellphone video shows Garcia, who was wearing street clothes, wielding a Taser as he shouts at bystanders as other cops confronted two men for allegedly violating coronavirus social-distancing rules near East 9th Street and Avenue D.

“Move the f–k back right now!” he was recorded saying.

“What you flexing for? Don’t flex!”

Garcia then holstered the Taser and grabbed an onlooker, wrestling him down and punching him in his head before using his knee to pin the man’s neck to the sidewalk, the video shows.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office later deferred prosecution of the man — Donni Wright, 33 — on charges of assaulting a police officer, menacing and resisting arrest.

In addition to Garcia, at least two other cops are expected to face disciplinary charges over the incident, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Garcia has been sued seven times during the past six years, leading to more than $200,000 in settlements by the city, records show.

Following the May 2 incident, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said there were “certainly some tactics that I was not happy with.”

“I think we got to be better and that’s what was most troubling to me,” Shea said.

“I would also like to remind you that de-escalation takes two, unfortunately.”

Garcia’s union, the Police Benevolent Association, didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

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Premier League: Players face ‘25% increased injury risk’

Premier League players could be 25% more susceptible to injury when football resumes because of the intense schedule, research shows.

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters is “as confident as we can be” of restarting in June.

Time will need to be found for the FA Cup before the 2020-21 season starts in “late August, early September”.

Based on Project Restart’s provisional return date of 20 June, Manchester City players could face 13 games in 49 days.

City have played one fewer match than the majority of Premier League clubs but these figures do not take into account the completion of the Champions League, which has the potential of adding another four games should they reach the final – if the tournament can be concluded.

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Research conducted by artificial intelligence platform Zone7, which specialises in injury risk forecasting and works with 35 professional football teams worldwide, shows that playing eight matches in a 30-day period increases the incidence of injury by 25% when compared with playing four to five matches in the same timeframe.

Eight matches in 30 days may seem a regular occurrence but only 4% of players across a season are subjected to such a run of games.

It is not just the congestion of the fixture list that poses a concern, but the time provided for teams to transition from individual, socially distanced training to higher-intensity group training, something Watford manager Nigel Pearson and Newcastle boss Steve Bruce are concerned about.

The Bundesliga was only officially given the go-ahead to recommence on 7 May, just nine days before the first fixture kicked off. Eight players picked up injuries in the six games on 16 May – a rate well above normal.

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A standard pre-season schedule runs for a period of 30 days, or even longer.

But when examining data from 11 top-division professional teams from the past two seasons, Zone7 found that when the preparation period shortens, due to an international tournament or entry into European competition, 75% of teams had higher prevalence of injury in the first half of the season when compared to those that had more planning time.

Flaminia Ronca, an exercise physiologist at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, part of University College London, is working with Premier League players to assess what health risks they may face when returning after the suspension.

She said: “It’s possible that the players may have lost up to 15% of their fitness, which they now need to regain in a very short time.

“And I think this is really where the science of training becomes so crucial. Coaches will have to be very creative and combine the most effective methods of training with the safest injury prevention methods, all condensed into this very tight timeframe.”

How does the analysis work?

Over five million hours of performance from various sports, including those 35 professional football teams, has been gathered by Zone7 and this data is used to assess the probability of a player sustaining an injury in the following seven days.

Millions of data points are taken from wearable technology that tracks workloads from training and matches, player injury history, fitness tests, and even sleep patterns to generate daily risk forecasts.

Historical data is used to detect data patterns that precede injuries and alert when those data patterns emerge and help prevent the injury before it occurs.

From here, teams are given risk forecasts and not only can they identify the type of injury a particular player could sustain if they are deemed “high risk”, modifications can be made to that player’s bespoke training schedule to avoid the injury occurring. Zone7 states it can provide accurate and timely alerts for 75% of injuries.

Getafe’s success in avoiding injuries before they happen

Spanish side Getafe are fifth in La Liga, level on points with Real Sociedad despite having a bottom-half wage budget, and some of their success is down to the regular availability of their trim squad.

Upon integrating this data analysis into their training routines in 2017, the number of injuries sustained fell from 3.25 per month to just 0.86 during that period.

To ensure the results were not an anomaly, Getafe stopped using the technology for a period at the beginning of 2018-19 and then restarted so that a direct comparison could be made.

Without the analytical tool from August to October, 96 days per month were lost to injury. With it, from November until the end of 2018-19, the number fell to 35 missed days, a 64% reduction. Moreover, two-thirds of the injuries that were incurred were alerted by the platform beforehand.

While Zone7 provides a recommendation, ultimately it is the final decision of the club and their technical staff to act upon the data.

But in 2018-19 Getafe finished bottom of the injury table in La Liga, with just eight in the entire campaign. Javi Vidal, their performance coach, said simply of the injury avoidance process: “What was previously subjective, is now objective.”

Paul Macdonald is head of content for Football Critic.

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Facebook employees will face pay cuts if they move to work remotely

Facebook employees will face pay cuts if they move out of Silicon Valley to cheaper areas to work from home as Mark Zuckerberg predicts half of staffers will work remotely within five to 10 years

  • CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook employee can choose to permanently work remotely on Thursday
  • But they are most likely going to take a pay cut based on where they chose to live and the cost of living
  • Facebook’s headquarters in in California’s Menlo Park, which has a median home price of $2.4million
  • This may be an obstacle for employees who planned to move to a less costly area to make their Silicon Valley paychecks stretch 
  • Employees must notify Facebook if they’ve moved locations by January 1, 2021
  • Zuckerberg’s livestream feed cut off while he was discussing the future of Facebook’s 50,000-person workforce Thursday morning 
  • During the video, Zuckerberg said he believes that by 2030 half of company employees will be working permanently from home 
  • He said employees already have the option to work from home through 2020 

Facebook employees will have the option to permanently work from home, but can expect a pay cut if they move to less expensive areas to continue the job.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced via livestream that he expects about 50 per cent of the company’s 50,000 staffers to work remotely within the next five to 10 years. 

Certain employees will be allowed to work remotely full time and will need to notify Facebook of any location changes by January 1, 2021.

Employees who hoped to take their large Silicon Valley paychecks with them if they moved to a less costly region have run into a caveat. 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (pictured) revealed that employees will be able to work from home permanently, but  will take a pay cut based on their area’s cost of living 

‘That means if you live in a location where the cost of living is dramatically lower, or the cost of labor is lower, then salaries do tend to be somewhat lower in those places,’ said Zuckerberg.

‘We’ll adjust salary to your location at that point. There’ll be severe ramifications for people who are not honest about this,’ he added.

As of 2018, the median staff salary at the giant tech company was more than $240,000 annually.

Zuckerberg has taken a base salary of just $1 for the last three years, but received $22million in compensation by way of security in 2018.  Nearly $3million went towards private jets, according to Reuters. 

Menlo Park, the California city where Facebook it headquartered, has a median home price of $2.4million.

Facebook’s headquarters sits in California’s Menlo Park, where the median home price is $2.4million 

The company’s New York City office is settled in Manhattan (pictured) where homes sell for a median price of $945,000

The median income in the larger Bay Area nearly $1.5million less at $928,000, according to Zillow. 

Facebook’s New York City office is found in Manhattan, which has a median income of $82,459 and a median price of homes sold is $945,500. 

The median price of homes currently listed is $1.5million in Manhattan.   

Zuckerberg said the move to working remotely will help diversity Facebook’s staff and hiring pool. 

‘When you limit hiring to people who either live in a small number of big cities or are willing to move there, that cuts out a lot of people who live in different communities, different backgrounds or may have different perspectives,’ he said.

‘Certainly being able to recruit more broadly, especially across the U.S. and Canada to start, is going to open up a lot of new talent that previously wouldn’t have considered moving to a big city.’ 

Zuckerberg (pictured) said there will be ‘severe ramifications’ for employees who lie about their home address to keep their Silicon Valley salary

On Thursday, Zuckerberg’s Facebook livestream feed shut off while he was talking to employees about his prediction that more than half of the company will be working from home permanently by 2030. 

He was nearly done with his discussion about the future of the company’s 50,000-person workforce during a livestream on Thursday when it suddenly cut out and an error screen appeared. 

Zuckerberg did manage to finish most of his discussion which began with him saying: ‘I think it’s clear that COVID has changed a lot about our lives. That certainly includes the way that most of us work.’

‘We’ve already told people that through 2020, they can chose to work from home,’ he said, adding that 95 per cent or more of the company’s employees are currently working from home.

‘We are going to be the most forward-leaning company on remote work at our scale, with a thoughtful and responsible plan for how to do this,’ Zuckerberg said.

‘But we’re going to do this in a measured way over time’.

The billionaire then went on to give his prediction for the future. ‘I think that it’s quite possible that over the next five to 10 years about 50 per cent of our people could be working remotely.

‘That’s not a target or goal,’ Zuckerberg said, before pointing to the survey results from Facebook employees that found there is a lot of demand to continue working from home.

With the permanent remote work, Facebook has outlined criteria for an individual’s eligibility. 

First, an employee must be experienced. Secondly, Zuckerberg said employees must have ‘very strong recent performances, which includes two meets-all expectations or above ratings’.

Zuckerberg said the employees must be ‘a part of a team that is supporting remote work’.

Lastly, ‘you have to start by getting approval from your group leader,’ Zuckerberg added. 

Zuckerberg’s announcement comes as businesses (file image, employees working from home) adjust to the impact of COVID-19, which is also expected to reshape the future of office spaces after the pandemic retreats

Zuckerberg’s announcement comes as businesses adjust to the impact of COVID-19, which is also expected to reshape the future of office spaces after the pandemic retreats.

Shopify also recently made a similar announcement.  

Tobi Lutke, the CEO of Canadian e-commerce firm Shopify declared on Thursday the end of ‘office centricity’ and decided to keep company offices closed till 2021, allowing most employees to work remotely on a permanent basis after that.

Ottawa-based Shopify, which briefly became Canada’s most valuable company earlier this month, had more than 5,000 employees and contractors worldwide as of December.

‘As of today, Shopify is a digital by default,’ Lutke, who is also the founder of Shopify, said in a tweet. ‘We will keep our offices closed until 2021 so that we can rework them for this new reality. Office centricity is over.’

Square Inc and Twitter recently allowed employees to continue working from home permanently.

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Boris Johnson WON'T face criminal probe into his close friendship with Jennifer Arcuri

BORIS Johnson WON'T face a criminal probe into his close friendship with businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri, it has been reported.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is set to reveal its decision this lunchtime on whether the Prime Minister's links to the technology entrepreneur will result in an official investigation.

Sources told the Daily Mirror that the Independent Office for Police Conduct had found some evidence of a possible “intimate relationship” between the pair, but that it was “unnecessary” to launch a criminal investigation.

They are set to say that the PM will not face any further action from them.

But it could now mean the London Assembly will launch a probe – who paused theirs last year while waiting for more evidence.

The 35-year-old ex model was alleged to have had an affair with the PM helping her get access to £126,000 grants and sponsorship for her companies.

Ms Arcuri previously refused six times to answer whether she had an affair with the PM.


The PM has insisted “everything was done entirely in the proper way” over his professional dealings with Miss Arcuri.

But he would not deny having an extramarital affair with her while he was London Mayor.

Mr Johnson formed a close friendship with Miss Arcuri after the pair met in 2012, and took her on three trade trips with him.

 

 

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How to make your own face mask – and all you need is an old T-shirt – The Sun

BRITS protecting themselves from the coronavirus have been advised to wear face coverings when using public transport and in some shops and supermarkets.

But with national shortages of personal protective equipment, many will be forced to dig out old t-shirts and create their own make-shift mask.

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The UK government has created a guide on how to make suitable masks, despite the advice being that there is no evidence that suggests that wearing a face covering does protect you, but it may protect others if you are infected but have not developed symptoms.

Based on the latest scientific evidence from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) the government has said wearing masks could help stop the transmission of the disease in some cases.

A new handy guide from the government has explained how you can make your own mask at home, all you need is an old t-shirt that you do not want anymore, preferably in a size small, as well as a pair of scissors to cut the fabric.

Here are the four simple steps you need to follow to make your own face covering from a t-shirt

Step one: Using the scissors cut a line across the width of the t-shirt around 20cm

Step two: From the top of the right hand corner of the fabric, measure 2cm below this and then make a 15cm horizontal cut through both sides of the fabric

Step three: The next step is to cut downwards until you reach 2cm above the edge. Now make another 15cm cut that runs parallel to the bottom to make a rectangle that can be thrown away.

Step four: Now, to make the ties that secure the mask you need two long strips of fabric. Then unfold the main piece of fabric and place over the mouth and nose to secure. This then needs to be tied around the head and around the neck.

As well as the simple four step face mask , the government also issued guidance on a sewn face covering.

In order to make that you will need a needle and thread, scissors, two 25cm x 25cm squares of cotton fabric and two 20cm pieces of elastic (or string or cloth strips).

This process is a little more complicated but can also be completed in just four steps. The government said today that it would not be supplying face masks or coverings to the general public, but added that it was important to wash the masks after every use.

How to make a sewn mask in four steps

Step one: Taking your fabric cut out two 25cm x 25cm squares of cotton fabric and then stack the two squares on top of each other.

Step two: Fold over one side by 3/4 cm and hem, then do the same on the opposite side. Make two channels by folding the double layer of fabric over 1.5cm along each side and stitching this down.

Step three: Now for the tricky part, you need to run a 20cm length of elastic, string or cloth strip through the wider hem on each side of the face covering. These will be used as the ear loops and you can use a large needle to thread this through.

Step four: Pull on the elastic and adjust the fabric so it fits well across your face. The elastic loops should then fit over your ears.

The advice from the government however came with a strict warning that people must use materials they already have at home and not try to order PPE online that could otherwise go to to frontline NHS services.

It also stated that face coverings did not need to be worn outdoors while exercising.

The government also stated that they did not need to be worn by children or by people who may find them difficult to put on themselves. It also stated that the coverings do not need to be worn in schools for children who are still attending.

Health Minister Jo Churchill said the strategy has been guided by the science and that thanks to updated advice today, people should consider wearing the masks in public spaces where social distancing is not possible.

"You do not need a clinical mask which are prioritised for our healthcare workers. Instead a face covering is sufficient and we encourage people to make these at home with items they will already own", she added.

This is while Professor Chris Whitty said the face coverings were just added precautions and highlighted that the most effective way to protect yourself from the virus was to stay at home.

Previous guidance from the World Health Organization has stated that when people had worn face masks for prolonged periods of time, they were more likely to put others at risk by not strictly following other hygiene standards such as hand washing and social distancing.

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Councils across England face £5billion black hole over next year

Why aren’t councils cutting costs in lockdown? Local authorities face £5bn black hole but critics say ‘bosses’ sky-high salaries and generous councillor allowances should be looked at before going cap in hand to government’

  • Newly released data shows public services are facing a financial black hole 
  • Analysis compiled by the largest authorities shows they will £2.2bn in the red 
  • This is despite the government announcing £3.2bn in additional funding
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Councils are facing a £5billion cash shortfall caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic – but critics have said local authorities should look to make cuts to ‘sky-high’ council boss salaries before going to the government for more money.

Data seen by The Guardian shows that public services are in a financial black hole and that a number of councils in England are on the verge of bankruptcy. 

Analysis compiled by the largest 44 authorities in the country shows that by the end of this financial year they will be £2.2billion in the red. If spending and losses at all councils continue to mount the predicted shortfall will be £5billion.

This is despite Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick previously announcing £3.2billion in additional funding for local authorities.  

Harry Fone, grassroots campaign manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said that local authorities regularly ‘plead poverty’ but continue to ‘waste taxpayers’ money.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority, said on Friday that coronavirus will leave the city’s 10 borough councils £541 million out of pocket

He added: ‘The coronavirus crisis makes it more crucial than ever to fund frontline public health and social care services, but dipping further into taxpayers’ pockets is not a sustainable solution.’

‘Be it sky-high salaries for council bosses, generous councillor allowances, or poor procurement, local authorities should be rooting out every penny of unnecessary spending before going cap in hand to the government.’ 

Councils warned last week that much of the additional funding provided by the government has already gone and the money allocated is not adequately covering a huge increase in costs for things such as the procurement of PPE.

Councils are facing significantly increased costs due to the pandemic as they battle to support key services and protect vulnerable people. They have also seen a dip in revenue from council tax and parking fees.

Oxfordshire councils – who received almost £15m from the first round of funding – said they stood to lose £100m as a result of coronavirus costs

The study of 343 local authorities, by the Special Interest Group of Municipal Authorities (Sigoma), indicates that extra spending pressures from Covid-19 will top £720million, but that this will be overshadowed by huge losses in revenue.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council has said it has already used its £65k additional funding, and only has £1.5million reserves.

While Windsor and Maidenhead council is teetering close to bankruptcy amid a £14million shortfall.

Oxfordshire councils – who received almost £15m from the first round of funding – said they stood to lose £100m as a result of coronavirus costs.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority, said on Friday that coronavirus will leave the city’s 10 borough councils £541 million out of pocket.

A spokesman for the Local Government Association last week told the BBC that some councils may be subject to Section 114 reports in the near future.

While Windsor and Maidenhead council is teetering close to bankruptcy amid a £14million shortfall

A Section 114 notice bans all new expenditure and effectively means a council is declaring bankruptcy. Northamptonshire County Council followed this process in 2018 after they ran out of money.

Sir Stephen Houghton, the leader of Barnsley borough council, told the newspaper: ‘Even for those councils that are not at that cliff edge, the ability to deliver key services effectively – children services, adult services and waste management, for example – will be in question.

‘Services may be running now but we will see the effect will come through in six to 12 months’ time. 

‘You get to a point where the frequency of waste collection is cut and the time taken to assess vulnerable peoples needs takes longer and so on.’ 

A government spokesperson told The Guardian: ‘The secretary of state has announced £3.2bn of funding for councils to support their response to the pandemic. 

‘This new funding will support them through immediate pressures faced by councils to respond to coronavirus and protect vital services.’ 

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council has said it has already used its £65k additional funding, and only has £1.5million reserves

 

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He Allegedly Sold Face Masks At A 1,328% Markup. Now He's Facing Federal Charges.

Amardeep Singh in a face shield

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A New York man has become the first person to face federal charges over hoarding and price-gouging scarce medical supplies since President Trump invoked the Defense Production Act last month in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a complaint filed by prosecutors in federal court on Friday, Amardeep Singh, 45, had been hoarding face masks, face shields, surgical gowns, and disinfecting products at a Long Island warehouse and then selling them at inflated prices.

Among the people Singh allegedly price-gouged were particularly vulnerable organizations, including the Association to Benefit Children, the New York Foundation for Senior Citizens, and Rewarding Environments for Adult Living, Inc.

On March 18, President Trump signed an executive order invoking the Defense Production Act to make it illegal to acquire scarce medical supplies in order to hoard them or sell them at excessive prices.

The Defense Production Act allows the government to control the distribution of items deemed essential to the national defense and creates criminal penalties for those found to be hoarding or price-gouging those items.

If convicted, Singh faces up to a year in prison.

Bradley Gerstman, Singh’s attorney, denies that his client price-gouged anyone.

“This is a man trying to make a living,” Gerstman told BuzzFeed News. “He’d never gouge. He’s a family man who has run a store for people in the community for 25 years. He’s got three young daughters and we’re going to plead not guilty and then we will show by way of evidence that our client has done nothing wrong.”

Federal officials accused Singh of un-American behavior during “challenging times.”

“During a crisis of this magnitude, we must come together as a country to fight this common enemy,” said Philip R. Bartlett with the US Postal Inspection Service. “Unfortunately, Mr. Singh allegedly chose to use this opportunity to make money by hoarding and price gouging [Personal protective equipment]. The conduct charged in the complaint is reprehensible and against our most fundamental American values.”


Images from the criminal complaint showing PPE Singh allegedly sold in his store.

According to the criminal compliant, Singh, who operates a store in Plainview that mostly sold clothing and shoes before the pandemic, began accumulating the medical supplies in mid-March.

Between March 25 and April 8, Singh allegedly received 40 shipments of face masks, 14 shipments of surgical gowns, six shipments of hand sanitizer weighing more than 1.8 tons, and seven shipments of digital thermometers.

On April 14, 2020, postal inspectors searched Singh’s store and warehouse and seized more than 100,000 face masks, 5,000 face shields, 10,000 surgical gowns, 2,500 full-body isolation suits, and more than 500,000 pairs of disposable gloves.

The complaint includes screenshots from Instagram of Singh advertising these products for sale.

While those posts appear to have been deleted, what remains on Singh’s Instagram feeds are photos with frontline workers picking up supplies he says he donated.

According to the complaint, the federal government intervened after Singh continued to accumulate and sell these items after being cited by both Nassau County and the state of New York, including after an April 1 cease-and-desist letter from the state’s attorney general’s office.

The government alleges Singh’s excessive markups ranged from as much as 99% on much N95 masks to 1328% for three-ply disposable face masks that he purchased for seven cents a piece and then resold at a dollar each.

Gerstman, Singh’s attorney, disputes the government’s analysis of his client’s costs and said he was confident he would be cleared of the charges.

“This is news to everybody in the country that selling PPE is illegal under the Defense Production Act,” said Gerstman. “I can understand civil fines and penalties, but here we have a matter where my client is now subjected to criminal charges for something that he had no idea he was doing was wrong.”

Federal officials, however, seemed determined to prosecute Singh as an example for others.

“This Office is working tirelessly in coordination with the COVID-19 Hoarding and Price Gouging Task Force to prevent a pandemic of greed by profiteers,” said Craig Carpenito, head of the Department of Justice’s nationwide COVID-19 Hoarding and Price Gouging Task Force.

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Buy These Face Masks To Support Coronavirus Relief Efforts

These days, face masks are becoming more ubiquitous as the coronavirus pandemic continues with seemingly no end in sight. You might be confused about whether wearing one is necessary, which is understandable given that public health officials have gone back and forth on this issue.

Initially, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said healthy people didn’t need to wear masks in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But last week, the government agency overseeing the federal response to the pandemic changed its mind. Now, officials are saying you should wear face masks in public to help stop the virus from spreading.

“The virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity — for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing — even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms,” the CDC explains on its website. “In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.”

So, where can you find a mask? For all the crafty folks, consider making one at home using a few household items like an old T-shirt, scissors, and string. It’s easier than you think, it requires little to no effort, and it’s a more sustainable approach. Plus if you’re quarantining with your partner or roommate, it could make for a fun bonding activity.

But if you’re not the DIY type, don’t fret. Many brands are branching into the mask-making business, and some are donating portions of their sales to charitable organizations working on the frontlines against the coronavirus. Below, you’ll find a round-up of face masks to choose from. And remember: Only leave home for essentials, maintain social distancing protocols, and wash masks between uses.

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Each mask is 100% cotton with two elastic bands, and every purchase provides a mask for a health care worker in need.

Forever 21 is partnering with Family Promise on a non-medical mask initiative: During the COVID-19 pandemic, the retailer is donating one cloth face mask for every one purchased to an essential worker.

For every mask sold, the brand will donate one to communities in need.

One mask purchase will provide five masks to healthcare workers in New York City.

With your purchase of a mask, Sanctuary will provide masks to organizations that need them.

Buck Mason is donating one mask for every one sold, with a goal of donating one million non-medical masks to its community in California and across the country.

Masks for kids and adults are available, and the brand is pledging to donate a portion of profits to Feeding America’s Coronavirus Response Fund, which is providing food and shelter for those in need.

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Can I wash and reuse a face mask? – The Sun

EVERYONE in the UK has been told to mask up when out in public as we face an uncertain future with social distancing which could last until 2021.

They are generally not required in 99 per cent of circumstances, but non-N95 and FFP3 masks can be reused and should not just be thrown away. Here's how to get the most from them.

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Please do not buy an N95 of FFP3 mask as they are most needed by NHS heroes and carers, or those looking after people with coronavirus, and can only be worn once.

Top grade masks come with a whole load of other issues that could actually put you at more risk than a normal covering if used improperly. They are also really uncomfortable.

Top advisors in SAGE recommend a face covering that you can make yourself, or use something like a bandana or thick scarf for when you're out and about, saving you money so the NHS can get the top grade PPE.

If you already have a high-grade mask you can re-wash them for going to the shops, though the process will likely degrade them from FFP3/N95 standards.

Can I wash and reuse a face mask?

Yes for normal face coverings, but washing and reusing N95, surgical and FFP3 ones is still subject to debate so please read the manufacturer's guidelines.

If you wash your mask at over 60C and dry it off properly, just like you do with infrequently washed clothes, then it should be good to go again.

The higher the temperature you wash your masks in, the more likely you are to kill off any signs of covid-19.

Most viruses won’t survive in temperatures over 60C, so you should opt for this setting for items that are particularly germ-ridden and washed less often, like tea towels, bedding, bath towels, gloves, scarves, and children’s clothing.

Should I be wearing a face mask?

Yes, but not a high grade one.

Following Tuesday's SAGE meeting of Britain's top pandemic experts, we are now being officially told to wear masks when leaving the house.
Masking the mouth and nose limits asymptomatic people — who are infected but show no symptoms — from passing on the disease by coughing or sneezing.

The general rule is to wear a face mask when you are out in public and in areas that could involve coming into contact with other people, like public transport, exercising in urban areas, popping to the shop or walking the dog.

Don't wear them around the house unless someone at home is believed to be infected.

No mask can guarantee absolute protection, so other measures need to still be taken.

Remember social distancing rules as you normally would under lockdown, even if wearing a mask. Don't be a covidiot.

If you believe you have symptoms, sit tight at home and get someone else to go out for you if you can.

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Invest in a high-grade mask if you believe you or a household member are infected, or extremely vulnerable to the virus (if you have cancer for example), and absolutely have to go out.

How do I make my own face mask?

It's easy and cheap to make your own mask. Kids can help as well which makes it something fun for them to do.

There is no reason why you can't get creative and decorate the mask so long as you don't damage it – break loose the glitter and crayons and turn it into family fun.

Where can I buy a face mask?

You can buy masks online at most major retailers like Amazon and ebay.

They are about £10 per mask, but prices and quality vary.

You can find more details and useful links for buying masks in our explainer here.

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