Doctor arrested for profiteering on thermal scanners

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 25) — A doctor was arrested for allegedly selling overpriced thermal scanners donated to his organization, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said on Wednesday.

Dr. Cedric John Sarmiento de Castro was nabbed by NBI-Special Action Unit on Tuesday after supposedly attempting to sell 150 pieces of infrared thermometers for P9,500 each or a total of P1.2 million. The suggested retail price for thermal scanners is from P800 to P1,500 only per piece.

NBI said the thermal scanners were donated to the organization the suspect heads.

"The thermal scanners were further alleged to have been donated to him in his capacity as chapter president of Lion's Club," the statement says.

He will undergo inquest at the Quezon City prosecutor's office for charges of profiteering and hoarding. CNN Philippines is trying to reach de Castro for comment.

Meanwhile, authorities seized nearly P2 million-worth of overpriced thermal scanners from a medical supplier in Cagayan de Oro City on Tuesday. Some 200 thermal scanners were confiscated in Barangay Gusa.

The NBI-Northern Mindanao said a piece of thermal scanner was being sold at P9,500 while the prevailing market price is only around P389.

Authorities are conducting further investigation.