"As a general matter if somebody is trying to hoard or price gouge in this hour of need they deserve that special place in hell." Governor Phil Murphy at Thursday's Press Conference
NEW JERSEY - The FBI have now conducted visits for at least two days in Lakewood Township. They have gone to at least two businesses. During the daily press conference on Thursday, the Governor was asked about the multiple FBI raids happening in Lakewood New Jersey. The raids, gaining national news attention, allegedly surround hoarding of lifesaving respirators and face masks to avoid loss of life during the pandemic.
Lakewood now totals 1461 COVID-19 positive infections.
During the press conference and due to the ongoing investigation, the Governor would share no specifics on the raids. He said they involve the FBI, The United States Attorney General and are expected to involve the New Jersey Attorney General.
The Lakewood Industrial Park was the first location raided on Wednesday. Thursday's visit was to 155 Oberlin North in Lakewood. According to a report in the Asbury Park Press, a Murex employee said it was regarding 'masks.' However, a Murex representative, Murex Vice President Nathan Zelikovitz, spoke with TAPinto Middletown and stated that the matter had nothing to do with Murex. "It was a neighboring tenant." he said.
Zelikovitz would not name the tenant that was raided. He stated that there are four. The owner of the property, according to the Ocean County Tax Board is Bnos Bais Yaakov, Inc. The other tenants at the site that use this address are Bnos Bais Yaakov High School, Duvys Media and The Shell Station based on a public search. Zelikovitz also said that he thought the raid was on an adjoining unit that was recently rented on only a two-month basis.
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