Hundreds Log Gas Gouging Complaints

Hundreds of North Carolina consumers are reporting gas stations have unfairly increased prices as Hurricane Ike barrels toward the Gulf Coast.

Attorney General Roy Cooper said Friday that his office has
received more than 425 price gouging complaints.

Cooper said some of the most jarring allegations have come from
the western part of the state. Consumers there have reported
stations selling gas for as much as $5.99 a gallon.

The Attorney General can sue merchants if state officials find
that gas stations have excessively inflated prices.

Cooper said he will investigate consumers' complaints. If you have a complaint you can call the Consumer Hotline 1-877-5-NOSCAM. (1-877-566-7226).

Earlier Friday, Gov. Mike Easley declared a state of "abnormal
market disruption" and triggered the state's anti-gouging law.

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