A mother of six from Northern California could be facing jail-time after selling ceviche via social media. She allegedly violated the law according to authorities, for selling food without a valid business permit and license from authorities.
Mariza Ruelas, a single mother could be imprisoned after selling homemade ceviche. It was reported that Ruelas sells her homemade ceviche- a Latin American citrus-marinated seafood dish typically made from fresh raw fish meats on Facebook. She started selling her ceviche after joining the Facebook group called "209 Food Spot" where thousands in Northern California share their recipes and cooking tips.
Wanting to take advantage of the network, the 37-year old single unemployed mother took a photo of her homemade ceviche and posted it on the Facebook group site. Ruelas offered her homemade dish to the group members of 209 Food Spot and started selling it online at $12 for 32 ounces.
Unknown to Ruelas, an undercover investigator took the offer, paid in cash and took off. Days later, Ruelas received a notice from the San Joaquin County district attorney's office stating that she has been charged and that "she's one of some people charged with misdemeanor for operating a food facility and business without a license."
Ruelas was the only one who refused a plea bargain deal and prosecutors may proceed with a court trial for the charges. According to Ruelas she was offered a different deal with the rest of those charged for a similar violation. She claimed the offer was to accept a guilty plea in exchange for 3 years probation and 80 hours of community service. The others charged, she said, were offered a year of probation, 40 hours of community service and a fine of $250.
Ruelas faces the prospect of getting imprisoned once the court finds her guilty for the violation.