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WV Attorney General Urges Citizens To Report Price Gouging On Water, Ice, Commodities

Reported: Jan. 9, 2014 9:59 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 9, 2014 11:40 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Heath Harrison) -- West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has urged citizens to report any business or individual who dramatically increases the price of water, ice or other commodity in response to the water emergency in Boone, Clay, Jackson, Lincoln, Logan, Kanawha, Putnam and Roane counties.

“It is illegal for any person or entity to inflate the price of water in times of emergency,” Morrisey said in a news release Thursday. “We are hearing reports of price gouging going on already in the region. It is illegal and just plain wrong for a business to take advantage of consumers and West Virginians during an emergency.”

Morrisey said anyone who has been charged overly inflated prices should file a complaint with the office’s consumer protection division at 1-800-368-8808.

Consumers who paid high prices should make a copy of the receipt and attach the copy to their complaint, Morrisey said.



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