The North Carolina Attorney General's Office says two gas stations will repay customers $7,000 after spiking gas prices in September amid fuel shortages.
Attorney General Roy Cooper said in a statement Wednesday the owners of M&J Food Mart in Asheville and Shell To Go in McLeansville will repay customers a combined $7,000 for overpriced gas. Gas reached $4.99 a gallon for regular unleaded at M&J Food Mart, and $5.09 at Shell To Go.
Cooper's office began investigating after consumers complained that gas cost more than $7 in some parts of the state after Hurricane Ike made thousands of residents rush to the pump in fear of gas running out.
Six gas stations have now agreed to repay consumers who purchased overpriced gas. Each will also pay $5,000 in civil penalties to North Carolina schools.
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