ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A 35-year-old Troy pizza restaurant owner has pled guilty to hoarding and price gouging around 125,000 face masks during the coronavirus pandemic. Big Apple Pizzeria owner, Imran Selcuk, purchased around 100,000 KN95 facemasks and 25,000 surgical-style facemasks in March 2020, which he then placed for sale at up to 500% of the purchase price.

Selcuk, who purchased the masks for around $1.50 each, also admitted to falsely claiming the KN95 masks he offered for sale were certified by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA does not “certify” facemasks.

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