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FL attorney general activates price gouging hotline

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Posted at 4:52 AM, May 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-28 00:53:40-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Attorney General Pam Bondi has activated Florida’s price gouging hotline for consumers statewide as the state copes with Subtropical Storm Alberto.

State law prohibits extreme increases in the price of essential commodities, such as food, water, hotels, ice, gasoline, lumber and equipment, needed as a direct result of an officially declared emergency.

Anyone who suspects price gouging during this declared state of emergency should report it to the Attorney General’s Office by calling 1-866-9-NO-SCAM.

Violators of the price gouging statute are subject to civil penalties of $1,000 per violation and up to a total of $25,000 for multiple violations committed in a single 24-hour period.

State law criminalizes the sale of goods and services to the public without possession of an occupational license. Violators of the law can be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor.

For more information on price gouging, click here.