Consumer group names worst gas gouger in Westchester

The Westchester County Department of Consumer Protection named an independent gas station in Shrub Oak as the worst offender of gas gouging.

The consumer group claims Hilltop Service Station took advantage of customers during the gas price crisis blamed on Hurricane Katrina. The group says Hilltop raised its prices more than $1 overnight. Hilltop owners made a 26 percent profit margin with a $3.99 per gallon price on Sept. 1, and then a 16 percent profit by dropping the price of a gallon by 30 cents, according to the county.

Hilltop was one of 11 in Westchester that had gas price logs subpoenaed by the county and turned over to the state Attorney General's Office. If the station owners are convicted by the state for gas gouging, they could face a $10,000 fine and may have to pay restitution to customers that were ripped off. Westchester gas stations under investigation for price gouging

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