Texas AG Warns Against Price Gouging During Imelda

Alan Scaia
September 20, 2019 - 10:24 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The Texas attorney general is warning businesses against price gouging as Tropical Storm Imelda moves inland. The remnants of Imelda have led to flash flood watches and flood warnings for 19 counties in Southeast Texas.

During Hurricane Harvey, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says his office received more than 5,000 complaints about price gouging. He says some stores charged ten dollars for a gallon of gas and $99 for a case of bottled water.

The attorney general's office says it also received complaints about prices for hotels, batteries, generators and medical supplies.

“Any person or business selling goods must be aware that they are prohibited by law from engaging in price gouging during or after a disaster. My office will work aggressively to prevent disaster scams and stands ready to prosecute any price-gouger who takes advantage of rebuilding and recovering Texans," Paxton wrote in a statement.

He says penalties for price gouging are increased when the governor issues a disaster declaration. Governor Greg Abbott has issued the declaration for 13 counties in Southeast Texas.