Fla. officials get 1,800 gas gouging complaints

Sep 16, 2008

Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Gov. Charlie Crist is using some strong language to denounce alleged gasoline price gouging.

The governor called it "outrageous" and "unconscionable" on Tuesday.

Crist said "some people are so damn greedy that they want to take financial advantage" of fears Hurricane Ike will cause shortages. State officials, though, say Florida has plenty of fuel.

The Florida Attorney General's Office says it has refered more than 1,800 complaints for review by its Economic Crimes Division. Hillsborough County led the list with 172 complaints, followed by Leon County with 135.

Meanwhile, state agriculture officials say they will serve 16 gas companies with subpoenas. Four more would be served by the Attorney General's Office.

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