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Attorney General clarifies: Call local law enforcement for Stay Home, Stay Safe violations

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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel's office clarifies that its Consumer Protection Hotline should only be called when reporting scams or price gouging. (WWMT/Derek Seifert/U.S. Air Force/MGN Online)

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.

"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."