The reports of gas price gouging in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy may have hit closer to home than residents realize. You certainly waited in a line to fill your tank somewhere, but do you remember where and what you paid?
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently announced a $20,000 settlement with the owner of four Westchester gas stations accused of “charging unconscionably excessive prices."
Sammy Eljamal is the owner Shell stations in Cortlandt Manor, Yonkers, Ardsley and Tarrytown.
“As thousands of New Yorkers sat in line for hours waiting to buy gasoline during the state of emergency created by Hurricane Sandy, some crooked station owners increased their retail prices by excessive and illegal amounts,” Schneiderman said. “Today, we are continuing to send the message that ripping off New Yorkers during a natural disaster is against the law and that those who engage in illegal price gouging will be held accountable.”
The $20,000 Eljamal agreed to pay in penalties brings the total of state penalties won against businesses charged with illegally raising prices during the super-storm to $350,000.