The greedy bros who bought almost 18,000 bottles of hand sanitizer to profit off the coronavirus were finally cleaned out on Sunday — when they were shut down by Tennessee prosecutors.
Just a day after they whined about the likes of eBay and Amazon closing their price gouging attempts, Matt Colvin and Noah Colvin were ordered by the state’s Attorney General to “stop buying and selling medical goods and products.”
“We will not tolerate price gouging in this time of exceptional need, and we will take aggressive action to stop it,” Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III said Sunday of the investigation.
The anti-price-gouging law was in place because Tennessee Governor Bill Lee had declared a state of emergency over COVID-19.
The Colvins, facing a huge backlash over their scheme, had said late Saturday that they would donate the stockpiled sanitizer to “a local church and first responders.”
Agents from the prosecutor’s office were then filmed by WRCB on Sunday as they removed boxes from the brothers, with reporter Hunter Hoagland dryly suggesting they were there “facilitating with the donation.”
“This is the 3rd stop they’ve been to this morning to gather the sanitizer,” he said with a clip of boxes being lugged into a truck from a lockup.
The AG had involved prosecutors from Kentucky in the case as the brothers admitted they had cleaned out numerous stores in that state, too.
“This is a time where we have to focus on helping our neighbors, not profiting from them,” Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said.
“We’re not going to tolerate selfish actions that put the health of Kentuckians at risk, and I’m grateful for Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery’s partnership in bringing an end to this harmful scheme.”
The brothers admitted to the New York Times that they made a 1,300-mile road trip across Tennessee and Kentucky to buy 17,700 bottles of hand sanitizer and thousands of packs of antibacterial wipes, selling them for up to $70 a bottle.
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