Florida Attorney General activates price gouging hotline

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Attorney General Pam Bondi activated Florida's price gouging hotline, and she urges Floridians to report any suspected price gouging during this declared State of Emergency by calling 1-866-9-NO-SCAM (1-866-966-7226).  

Florida 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.

"With thousands of visitors traveling to Tampa Bay for the Republican National Convention, we will protect all residents and visitors from unscrupulous individuals who attempt to prey on consumers," said Attorney General Pam Bondi.  "I encourage everyone to prepare for Tropical Storm Isaac before the storm arrives."

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.

In addition to the civil penalties for price gouging, 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, visit http://wfts.tv/TayVnD.

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