The “professional fraudster” allegedly ran a mask scheme while out on bond.April 10, 2020, 9:03 AM7 min read As the COVID-19 crisis spread from China to Europe throughout February, there was growing concern that an outbreak in the U.S. was on the horizon. One glaring vulnerability was coming into focus — there were not enough masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment to meet the potential need. Craven R. Casper of Washington, D.C., a self-described “successful American author, businessman and entrepreneur” saw an opportunity, according to court records, quickly creating a business to sell “N-95 masks, surgical masks, hand sanitizer, and other personal protection equipment.” Casper registered a website on Feb. 24 that purported to sell PPE and provide a way for customers to make donations to the “Global Coronavirus Relief Fund” for sending needed supplies like masks, face shields, goggles and virus neutralization solution to hospitals in China and other areas affected by the outbreak, according to court records. But according to federal prosecutors, Casper is a “professional fraudster.” Despite the growing worldwide demand for protective gear, Casper’s website claimed scarce N-95 masks were “in stock.” He engaged in more than 140 customer transactions in a matter of weeks


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