Georgia subpoenas gas station records

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ATLANTA -- The state’s consumer affairs office has subpoenaed sales records of at least nine gas stations since Hurricane Ike disrupted fuel supplies and drove prices beyond $5 a gallon in some areas, an official said Wednesday.

Complaints of price gouging are still pouring into the Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs. About 250 calls came in Wednesday, and the office has received 475 others since Gov. Sonny Perdue enacted the state’s anti-gouging law Friday night, said Ann Infinger, deputy administrator.

Infinger would not reveal which stations’ records had been subpoenaed, noting that the investigations remain open.

She said it takes up to three weeks for the office to receive the sales records. Resolutions to the investigations can take much longer.

Hundreds of stations have been put on notice of the anti-gouging law, Infinger said.

When the anti-gouging law is in effect, gas stations are prohibited from increasing their retail gas prices beyond the additional amount they pay at the wholesale level.


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