SC prosecutor sends agents to investigate gouging

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

September 17, 2008; News 12 at 11

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's attorney general has
dispatched agents across the state to investigate allegations of
gas price gouging.

Spokesman Mark Plowden said Wednesday that Attorney General
Henry McMaster wants to know when stations and suppliers decided to
change prices, and by how much.

As of Wednesday, McMaster's office had issued 13 subpoenas to
question retailers. Plowden said more are possible.

Gas prices shot up shortly before Hurricane Ike struck the Texas
coastline and its oil refineries. State law allowed McMaster to
criminally investigate the claims after President Bush declared a
state of emergency last week.

The average price Wednesday for a gallon of regular gas was
$4.075 in South Carolina, up from $3.522 a month ago and $2.631 a
year ago.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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