Bronx gas stations fined for price gouging
? State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has fined two Bronx gas stations $2,500 each for inflating prices when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast.
One of the stations is the Parkchester BP Amoco on Westchester Avenue. Spitzer?s office says the station raised the price for a gallon of gas to $3.51. The manager says he was paying more for fuel post-Katrina, so it makes sense he would pass on the difference to consumers. Lukoil on Bruckner Boulevard, also fined for price gouging, even had customers who said the station?s gas, raised to $3.49 from $2.75 per gallon, was the cheapest they could find for miles.
Still, Spitzer?s office is not budging. Investigators say they accounted for the increased price the gas stations were paying and found the jump at the pump was not routine.
The attorney general also fined 13 other gas stations, all of which could face additional penalties if they price gouge again.