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Gas Gouging Complaints Roll In

By: Janet Kim Email
By: Janet Kim Email

The cost of crude oil continues to fall, but gas prices at many Kentucky gas stations sit at record highs.

The Kentucky Attorney General's office continues to investigate high prices here in the commonwealth.

Since Friday, the A.G.'s office says it's received at least 2300 complaints from people who think some stations are price gouging. They've received about1500 e-mails and about 900 phone calls.

The AG's office even had to add extra staff to help field all of those complaints.

On Friday, Governor Beshear declared a state of emergency as Hurricane Ike approached the Gulf coast. As a result, the states price gouging law went into effect.

That allows Attorney General Jack Conway to investigate and prosecute businesses who prey on people in times of disaster.

Conway and his team are in the process of obtaining retail receipts and comparing them to wholesale receipts at gas stations. They are looking to see if profit margins exceed 12 to 14 cents per gallon.

Conway says if stations are found to be gouging prices, they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.


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