NC Attorney General Warns Against Being Ripped Off

North Carolina's attorney general says his office is gearing up for possible instances of price gouging following last weekend's tornadoes.

Attorney General Roy Cooper says while most businesses are helping to rebuild their communities, his office will look into any allegations of price gouging.

Investigating price gouging involves looking at the price charged for goods or services before the disaster, emergency or disruption is declared and then comparing that to the price after the declaration. It's against North Carolina law when a disaster, an emergency or a market disruption is declared by the governor or local governments.

Under the law, the attorney general's office can seek refunds for consumers who overpaid. The courts may also impose civil penalties against price gougers of up to $5,000 for each violation.

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  • by beachbum3 on Apr 19, 2011 at 07:09 AM
    If mr attorney general would put a complete stop to the outright fraud within the ncdot an the mismangamnet of this agency it's self that would help to protect the state taxpayers from the fraud that is currently being allowed to take place against them by contracting enitys across this state. an then the state would no longer be broke an wouyld have plenty of surplus money in nthe revneues of this states state government thank you
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Apr 19, 2011 at 04:46 AM
    When I read the headline I thought he was going to be telling us about all the money Bev is wasting (perhaps starting with her salary). No such luck...
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Apr 19, 2011 at 04:45 AM
    So you are saying, Bev needs money again? We thought Oblamabush was bad....

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