ANNAPOLIS (WJZ) — Blue Flame Medical is now being investigated by Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh for failure to perform and for potential misrepresentation.
This comes after Gov. Larry Hogan ordered the Maryland Department of General Services to cancel a personal protective equipment order and directed Frosh to open an investigation into the company.READ MORE: ACLU, NAACP Demand Investigation After Video Shows Ocean City Police Officers Using Force To Arrest Teens Accused Of Vaping On Boardwalk
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He said it is now being reported that the Department of Justice is also launching an investigation into the company’s interactions with multiple states, including California, which reportedly wired half a billion dollars to the company for masks.
6b) Governor Hogan: “It is unconscionable that anyone would try to exploit this pandemic for profit or personal gain, which is why I’m pleased that we were able to act so swiftly to uncover Blue Flame’s potential wrongdoings and to alert authorities.”
— Kata D. Hall (@katadhall) May 6, 2020READ MORE: Video Shows People Running For Cover After Gunfire in Fells Point Over The Weekend
“It is unconscionable that anyone would try to exploit this pandemic for profit or personal gain, which is why I’m pleased that we were able to act so swiftly to uncover Blue Flame’s potential wrongdoings and to alert authorities,” Gov. Hogan said.
An attorney for Blue Flame, Ethan Bearman, has said to the Washington Post that the firm acted in good faith with the states. He declined to comment about the Justice Department investigation.
According to Post reporting, June 30 was set to be the delivery deadline, but only because June 30 is the end of the fiscal year. According to a Blue Flame invoice obtained by the Post, the agreed-upon shipping date for masks and ventilators was April 14.MORE NEWS: Novavax Announces Promising Late-Stage Covid-19 Vaccine Data, More Than 90% Effective