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AG accuses four LI gas stations of price gouging

A man fills up his gas can while

A man fills up his gas can while others wait in line at a gas station in Miller Place. (Nov. 4, 2012) (Credit: Daniel Brennan)

The state has commenced action against 12 more gasoline stations — including four on Long Island — for alleged price gouging, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday.

Schneiderman’s office sent investigation notifications to the stations that are accused of jacking up prices during the gasoline shortage that resulted from superstorm Sandy.

In one instance, Schneiderman said consumers reported a Coastal station on Route 112 in Port Jefferson Station was charging $4.69 per gallon while neighboring stations were charging between $3.69 and $4.05 per gallon.

Other stations notified include:

  — a Liberty Petroleum station on Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont, accused of charging $6.99 per gallon.

 —  a BP station on Route 109 in Farmingdale, accused of charging $4.71 per gallon.

 — an Ultra station on Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown, accused of charging $4.89 per gallon.

In all, 25 stations are now the subject of price-gouging investigations.

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