AG Cooper demands answers from gas station, wholesaler on price gouging…$4.50 a gallon?

RALEIGH, NC (September 19, 2016)…Attorney General Roy Cooper issued subpoenas Monday to a gas station and a gas wholesaler that allegedly price gouged consumers.

Cooper’s office subpoenas wholesaler and gas station in Guilford County…

“A crisis is the wrong time to try to make a fast buck off of consumers,” Cooper said. “Families and businesses across our state are being squeezed by this sudden gas crunch and they deserve fair prices.”

Cooper’s Consumer Protection Division issued the subpoenas today after getting approximately 600 reports of possible price gouging from consumers across North Carolina since Friday.

The subpoenas went to one gas station in Guilford County and one gas wholesaler, also in Guilford County. The gas station allegedly charged consumers as much as $4.50 a gallon for gas. The subpoenas require the recipients to provide documentation to the Attorney General’s Office including information on their costs.

Cooper expects to subpoena more gas stations later this week.

Report possible gas price gouging to the Attorney General’s Office by filing a consumer complaint at or calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM toll-free within North Carolina.

“My office will take swift legal action if our investigation shows that any retailer, distributor or wholesaler has broken the law by price gouging,” Cooper said.