FL Governor Denounces Gas Price Gouging Claims

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

The governor called it "outrageous" and "unconscionable" onTuesday.

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.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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