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Business accused of price-gouging on face masks

G Mennen Williams office building in Lansing where the Michigan Attorney General has offices
Posted at 9:36 AM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 09:47:39-04

LANSING, Mich. — A complaint by a doctor at a Lansing Hospital has prompted a cease and desist letter to Seek Everest LLC in the state of Wyoming from the state Attorney General’s office.

An anesthesiologist at Sparrow Hospital complained to the AG’s office, accusing Seek Everest of price-gouging on face masks for medical personnel and of misrepresenting the types of masks it was trying to sell to the doctor.

The company was formed as a business in Wyoming but conducts business only online and doesn’t reveal its base of operations, said the AG’s office in a release.

Seek Everest is accused of being a drop-shipping business, which gets consumers to pay them for products that it doesn’t have on hand, rather turns around and orders the product from another company to have it shipped out.

The cease-and-desist letter was sent Monday.

The masks are apparently imported from China and may not be as protective from coronavirus as the company claims. The AG release noted the Seek Everest used differing ways to describe the masks, such as N-95 and KN-95. There are concerns that masks being shipped from China are counterfeit. In the past, the Food and Drug Administration was been reluctant to approve masks from China but recently indicate that it might.

(Note: The complaint is against a business in the state of Wyoming. This article has been updated to clarify that.)