A single mom from California is facing arrest and time in jail for selling food in a Facebook community food group.
Mariza Reulas was cited by San Joaquin County after a “sting” operation.
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Reulas’ simple bowl of homemade ceviche could land her behind bars while America watches Hillary Clinton get investigated and cleared by the FBI of countless charges that have national importance.
Does this seem worth investigating and making arrests? – Joe Rock WMMO https://t.co/VFigf6pG1F
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In a country where a presidential nominee can get away with threatening national security, selling favors while working on taxpayers’ dimes and countless other scandals, a single mom of six found herself involved in a sting operation that cited her for operating a food facility and engaging in business without a permit, Fox 40 reported.
“It was just like unreal that they were saying you could face up to a year in jail,” Reulas said.
According to Fox 40:
A few years ago Reulas joined a Facebook group called 209 Food Spot – a forum she says, where people from the Stockton area shared recipes, organized potlucks and occasionally sold what they cooked.
“Somebody would be like, ‘Oh I don’t have anything to trade you but I would love to buy a plate,’ like they’d be off of work.”
On December 3 of last year, someone contacted Reulas, asking for a plate of her Ceviche –- one of her signature dishes. That person was an undercover investigator from San Joaquin County, according to court documents, on a sting because the majority of 209 Food Spot members didn’t have permits to sell their food.
San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Kelly McDaniel said the food poses a health risk to buyers because the health department has not inspected the work site, which in this case is simply someone’s home.
“I don’t write the laws, I enforce them. And the legislature has felt that this is a crime,” McDaniel said.
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Although Reulas is one of about a dozen people cited in the sting operation, she is the only one to face trial and sentencing because she refused to accept a plea to face three years of probation, according to Fox 40.
The Stockton area mom worries about her six children as there is no father in the household to care for them. The court appearances are especially hard for her youngest son, Justice, who is six years old.
“The night before he always asks like are you going to come back?” she said.
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