A powerful California union that claimed to have discovered 39 million masks for healthcare workers fighting the novel coronavirus was duped in an elaborate scam uncovered by FBI investigators, the U.S. attorney’s office said Friday.U.S. Atty. Scott Brady of the Western District of Pennsylvania said FBI agents and prosecutors stumbled onto the arrangement while looking into whether they could intercept the masks for the Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Defense Production Act.The federal government has been quietly seizing supplies across the country, taking the orders placed by hospitals and clinics and not publicly reporting where the products are being routed. But in this case, there was no warehouse, and there were no masks to seize. Advertisement 1/74 A couple and their dog enjoy an afternoon on the coast in spite of parking restrictions on Saturday, April 11, 2020 in Point Mugu. (Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times) 2/74 Los Angeles City Hall displays blue lights to show support for health care workers and first responders. (Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times) 3/74 After being indoors for several days because of rainy weather and coronavirus stay-at-home orders, Olivia Jacobs, 4, and her mom Cia Jacobs, enjoy a warm and sunny afternoon making… Read full this story
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