Attorney General Bill Barr said on Monday that the Justice Department would crack down on people hoarding medical equipment or supplies.
President Donald Trump, under the Defense Production Act, is prohibiting hoarding of needed resources by designating them as scarce or threatened by persons accumulating excessive amounts, Barr said.
"I want to stress that we're not talking about consumers or businesses stockpiling supplies for their own operations, we're talking about people hoarding these goods and materials on an industrial scale for the purpose of manipulating the market and ultimately, deriving windfall profits," he said. "If you are have a big supply of toilet paper in your house, this is not something you have to worry. But if you are sitting on it on a warehouse with masks, surgical masks, you will be hearing knock on the door."
The Justice Department also has said it's targeting scammers taking advantage of the crisis, including those offering a "vaccine" for sale — as yet there is no vaccine available for coronavirus patients.