LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal prosecutors have filed a series of charges against Southern California stores they say sold costume contact lenses without prescriptions.
The U.S. attorney in Los Angeles said in a statement Friday that some of the lenses involved in the crackdown — dubbed “Operation Cat Eyes” — were contaminated with bacteria that can cause blindness.READ MORE: Thousands Attend Procession Carrying Remains Of 20-Year-Old Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, Killed In Kabul, To Riverside Mortuary
Two cases involving a dozen defendants were filed this week against Los Angeles-area retail outlets, some of which were temporary stores opened just for Halloween.
Prosecutors say even cosmetic or decorative contact lenses are considered prescription medical devices that are subject to FDA regulations.READ MORE: Robert Durst, New York Real Estate Scion, Convicted Of 1st Degree Murder In Death Of Longtime Friend Susan Berman
The charges filed are all misdemeanors that carry a maximum penalty of one year in prison and fines of up to $100,000 for individuals and $200,000 for corporations.
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