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Four LI gas stations accused of price gouging

NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has issued notices

NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has issued notices to 4 LI gas stations that he says illegally raised gas prices after superstorm Sandy. Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Four Long Island gas stations were notified by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office Thursday that they had violated the state price-gouging statute following gas shortages caused by superstorm Sandy.

The notice from Schneiderman's office, which had been investigating consumer allegations of price gouging, informed the gas station owners to expect enforcement action soon.

Nine gas stations in New York City boroughs and Westchester also received notices today, for a total of 13 operations. Schneiderman said in a news release that his office is continuing the price-gouging investigation and expects to issue more notices.

The four gas stations on Long Island accused of price gouging are the Shell at 408 Rockaway Tpke. in Cedarhurst, the Express Mart at 1000 Rte. 109 in Lindenhurst, USA Petroleum in East Islip and USA Petroleum at 2664 Rte. 112 in Medford.

Consumers complained of the gas stations charging from $4.99 to $5.50 per gallon at the stations without any signs for the prices, according to a news release.

Newsday reported Thursday that the state attorney general's office had received about 700 price gouging notices -- about half of which were from the Long Island area.

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