Mariza Ruelas belongs to a Facebook group for food. The members of the group can share recipes, meet up for group meals, swap dishes, etc.
Someone sent her a message asking her if they could buy one of her dishes. Of course she said yes, but it turned out to be a sting operation set up by San Joaquin County. They were looking for people who were selling food without a permit, and have said that food prepared in a facility that isn’t subject to health inspections “poses a risk to the public.”
She received a citation for two misdemeanors – “operating a food facility” and “engaging in business without a permit.” Her and “about a dozen others” received those charges. She refused a plea deal that the others accepted (community service and a fine), and now she faces being jailed for up to a year.
See the full story on the single mother of six here.