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The Department of Justice is remaining vigilant in detecting, investigating, and prosecuting wrongdoing related to the crisis. In a memo to U.S. Attorneys, Attorney General Barr said, "The pandemic is dangerous enough without wrongdoers seeking to profit from public panic and this sort of conduct cannot be tolerated."
Combatting Coronavirus Fraud
Be aware that criminals are attempting to exploit COVID-19 worldwide through a variety of scams. There have been reports of:
• Individuals and businesses selling fake cures for COVID-19 online and engaging in other forms of fraud.
• Phishing emails from entities posing as the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
• Malicious websites and apps that appear to share virus-related information to gain and lock access to your devices until payment is received.
• Seeking donations fraudulently for illegitimate or non-existent charitable organizations.
Criminals will likely continue to use new methods to exploit COVID-19 worldwide.
If you think you are a victim of a scam or attempted fraud involving COVID-19, you can report it without leaving your home though a number of platforms. Go to:
Combatting Hoarding and Price Gouging
The Department is also committed to preventing hoarding and price gouging for critical supplies during this crisis. To combat this misconduct, the President issued an Executive Order pursuant to section 102 of the Defense Production Act, which prohibits hoarding of designated items, and Attorney General Barr has now created the COVID-19 Hoarding and Price Gouging Task Force. In a memo to U.S. Attorneys, Attorney General Barr said, “we will aggressively pursue bad actors who amass critical supplies either far beyond what they could use or for the purpose of profiteering. Scarce medical supplies need to be going to hospitals for immediate use in care, not to warehouses for later overcharging.” The Secretary of HHS has issued a Notice designating categories of health and medical supplies that must not be hoarded or sold for exorbitant prices.
If you have information on hoarding or price gouging of critical supplies, you can report it without leaving your home to the National Center for Disaster Fraud by calling the National Hotline at (866) 720-5721 or by e-mailing email@example.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
Department of Justice Resources
Actions Taken by the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General
National Center for Disaster Fraud
The National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) is the result of a partnership between the U.S. Department of Justice and various law enforcement and regulatory agencies to form a national coordinating agency within the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice to improve and further the detection, prevention, investigation, and prosecution of fraud related to natural and man-made disasters, and to advocate for the victims of such fraud.
Administrative Relief for DOJ Grant Recipients and Applicants Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID—19)
The Department of Justice recognizes the many challenges that DOJ award recipients are experiencing during the COVID-19 national emergency. On March 19, 2020, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued OMB memorandum M-20-17, “Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations,” affording Federal awarding agencies additional flexibilities to provide administrative relief to funding recipients affected by the loss of operational capacity and increased costs due to the COVID-19 national emergency. Relief for various administrative, financial management, and audit requirements under 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards can be found below for DOJ’s three grant making agencies. In addition, these links provide other relevant information and answers to frequently asked questions by recipients and sub-recipients impacted by the COVID-19 national emergency and may be updated as new information becomes available:
Please keep in mind that in accordance with M-20-17, exceptions to 2 CFR Part 200 are time-limited and the flexibilities afforded to Federal awarding agencies will be reassessed by OMB within 90 days of the issuance of its memo.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
As the United States and the world deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the FBI's national security and criminal investigative work continues. The FBI urges everyone to remain vigilant as threats related to the pandemic arise. Use the resources on this page to help keep yourself and your family safe from these threats.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Diversion Control Division
During this National Emergency the Diversion Control Division will continue to work with our Federal partners, DEA registrants, and their representative association to assure that there is an adequate supply of controlled substances in the United States. The DEA will also work to assure that patients will have access to controlled substances.
Bureau of Prisons
Prioritization of Home Confinement As Appropriate in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
BOP Implementing Modified Operations
National Institute of Corrections
NIC COVID-19 information
September 11th Victim Compensation Fund
Impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on VCF Operations
Executive Office for Immigration Review
Operational Status During Coronavirus Pandemic