Texans File Over 600 Price Gouging Complaints Amid Harvey

A spokesman for Paxton said that most of the complaints have involved price gouging on bottled water, fuel, groceries and shelter.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has issued a warning to state gas stations not to gouge or take advantage of customers following refinery closures in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

"These are things you can't do in Texas", Paxton told CNBC on Tuesday.

Hotels: Attorney General Paxton said his office has received complaints about hotels jacking up prices by six to seven times their normal rate.

Businesses who are found guilty of price gouging are charged up to $20,000 per an occurrence.

Price gouging is illegal.

If consumers become aware of direct evidence concerning a conspiracy between companies, or have verifiable evidence of a retailer charging a price "grossly in excess of the price at which similar property or services are sold", they are encouraged to contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at 1-877-765-8388 or file an online complaint at www.michigan.gov/ag. That breakdown isn't complete yet though, as the AG's offices is still working to catalog every complaint into a specific industry. As a result, it is possible MI drivers may see a slight spike in gas prices. In Houston, gas is going for an average of $2.17 per gallon, compared with $2.12 the week before.

Several incidents of price gouging have already made headlines. Best Buy also apologizing, telling ABC News it doesn't even sell cases of water. "We expect more complaints in the wake of the storm regarding home fix and construction fraud/price gouging".

"This was a big mistake on the part of a few employees at one store on Friday". The hotel chain saying, "we do not tolerate this type of egregious and unethical behavior".

Vanessa Coleman

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