RALEIGH, N.C. — Attorney General Roy Cooper issued subpoenas Monday to a gas station and a gas wholesaler in Guilford County that allegedly price gouged consumers, according to a North Carolina Department of Justice news release.
“A crisis is the wrong time to try to make a fast buck off of consumers,” Cooper said in the release. “Families and businesses across our state are being squeezed by this sudden gas crunch and they deserve fair prices.”
The subpoenas were issued today after the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Division received approximately 600 reports of possible price gouging from consumers across the state since Friday, the release said.
The subpoenas went to one gas station in Guilford County and one gas wholesaler, also in Guilford County. The gas station allegedly charged consumers as much as $4.50 a gallon for gas, according to the release. The subpoenas require the recipients to provide documentation to the Attorney General’s Office including information on their costs.
The release did not go into specifics on the gas station or the gas wholesaler.
Cooper expects to subpoena more gas stations later in the week, the release said.
Report possible gas price gouging to the Attorney General’s Office by filing a consumer complaint at ncdoj.gov or calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM toll-free within North Carolina.