Gas Price Gouging Investigation Leads To Lawsuits

Kentucky officials have sued Marathon Petroleum Company Thursday, accusing the fuel supplier of violating state price gouging laws in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

Attorney General Greg Stumbo claims Marathon overcharged Kentucky residents 86 million dollars and that Speedway and SuperAmerica stores overcharged an additional three million.

Stumbo said the worst thing about the massive overcharging for gasoline is that it took place during a grave national emergency.

Marathon is Kentucky's largest wholesale supplier of gasoline.

The lawsuit was filed in Franklin County circuit court Thursday and follows an 18-month probe by investigators from the attorney general's office.

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