On Tuesday, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel's office clarified that its Consumer Protection Hotline should be called only when reporting scams or price gouging.
A written statement provided by Nessel's office said violations of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's Stay Home, Stay Safe order should be reported to local law enforcement.
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"The Michigan Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline has been overwhelmed, literally bringing our system to a standstill," the statement said.
Representatives of Nessel's office reminded Michigan residents that failing to comply with Whitmer's orders could result in a $500 fine and/or 90 days in jail for each violation.
They said the main focus of the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Team was cracking down on price-gouging and scams related to COVID-19.
"These are incredibly difficult times and we are all in uncharted territory," they said. "We ask for everyone’s cooperation, understanding and patience as we diligently work to stop COVID-19. Thank you."