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Hall County gas station suspected of price gouging

POSTED: October 14, 2008 5:00 a.m.

The Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs confirmed this morning that it is seeking records from a number of stations in Northeast Georgia in connection with alleged price gouging following the disruption of gasoline deliveries after Hurricane Ike.

Spokesman Shawn Conroy did not identify the stations by name, but said they are among 166 statewide now being served with subpoenas for their pricing records.

He said there was one station in Hall County, four in Forsyth, three in Jackson and one each in Habersham, Lumpkin and Dawson counties that are in the process of being served.

There have been reports of prices as high as $9.99 for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline.

The state prosecuted a number of cases following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita for price gouging. The fine is $2,000 per violation, plus restitution to the customers.

Conroy said that only one station fined during the previous hurricanes has been mentioned as a possible repeat offender.



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