Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY Published 7:42 p.m. ET April 10, 2020 | Updated 8:22 p.m. ET April 10, 2020CLOSE There is a lot of misinformation out there about coronavirus. We sort the facts from falsehoods. WochitWASHINGTON — A man is facing a federal wire fraud charge for trying to sell nonexistent face masks to the Department of Veteran Affairs in a massive fraud scheme that would have cost the agency more than $750 million, officials said Friday.Christopher Parris is accused of making several false representations in order to convince the Veterans Affairs to order 125 million face masks and other protective equipment, the Justice Department said in a release.Parris allegedly claimed he could secure millions of 3M masks from domestic factories. Officials said he made similar claims to other agencies to try to defraud state governments. COVID-19 scam: Fraud follows coronavirus spread; fake vaccines, testing, investment scams are exacting a tollAs the coronavirus pandemic takes a toll on cities and states across the country, killing thousands of Americans, criminal schemes in the form of fraud, fake vaccines and testing and investment scams have also taken root. Attorney General William Barr has directed all 94 U.S. attorneys to aggressively crack down on criminal activities meant to exploit


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