Gas stations in Forsyth, Rockingham counties must respond to claims of price gouging

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RALEIGH, N.C. — On Tuesday, Attorney General Roy Cooper issued subpoenas to three more gas station as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations of price gouging.

The subpoenas were issued to stations in Winston-Salem, Stokesdale and Smithfield. This brings the total number of subpoenas issued so far to five.

According to reports from consumers, the gas stations in Tuesday’s subpoenas allegedly charged $3.99 or more per gallon for gas.

“A supply crunch shouldn’t be an excuse to rip off people who need gas,” Cooper said in a news release Tuesday. “We’re following up on consumers’ reports and taking action to investigate possible price gouging.”

Reports of price gouging

As of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Cooper’s office had received approximately 1,145 reports of possible price gouging from consumers since Friday. That includes at least 38 complaints from the Asheville area, 45 from the Charlotte area, 40 from the Greenville area, 279 from the Triad, 184 from the Triangle and 19 from the Wilmington area.

“Reports from consumers on the ground are vital to enforcing the law against price gouging, so let us know if you see excessive gas prices,” Cooper said.

Consumers can report possible gas price gouging to the Attorney General’s Office by filing a consumer complaint at www.ncdoj.gov or calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM toll-free within the state.