NYC man price-gouged doctors, intentionally coughed on arresting agents, prosecutors say

By Aliza Chasan, WPIX

BROOKLYN (WPIX) -- A Brooklyn man accused of selling medical supplies to doctors at massive markups allegedly intentionally coughed on FBI agents and told them he had COVID-19, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said Monday.

Baruch Feldheim, 43, was arrested on charges of assaulting a federal officer and with making false statements to law enforcement.

On March 18, a New Jersey doctor contacted Feldheim via a WhatsApp chat group labeled “Virus2020!" Feldheim allegedly agreed to sell the doctor masks and other materials for $12,000, an approximately 700-percent markup.

The doctor was told to go to an auto repair shop to pick up the order, Carpenito said. The doctor found enough "materials, including hand sanitizers, Clorox wipes, chemical cleaning supply agents, and surgical supplies, to outfit an entire hospital."

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On Sunday, FBI agents approached Feldheim at his home after they spotted him with boxes that appeared to contain medical supplies, officials said. Then he allegedly coughed on them and told them he had coronavirus.