AG Schneiderman investigates Sandy price gouging
Posted at: 11/05/2012 1:42 PM
By: Associated Press
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he's investigating hundreds of reports of price gouging of victims from Superstorm Sandy.
State law prohibits spikes in prices for essential goods, including food, water, gasoline, generators, batteries and flashlights. The law also prohibits sharp increases in prices by retailers, supermarkets, hardware stores, bodegas, delis and taxis.
Schneiderman is asking New Yorkers to report any incidents of price gouging by telephone at 800-771-7755 or through his office website.
His office is investigating reports in New York City, the Hudson Valley and on Long Island. He reported no arrests as of Monday.
A vendor may defend higher prices if they can show an increased cost of getting goods or delivering services.
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