AG examiners sent to Joplin to check price-gouging

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri attorney general's office is sending investigators to Joplin to check for price-gouging after a tornado leveled a swath of the southwestern Missouri city.

The attorney general's office said Monday that investigators were sent to Joplin to monitor any price gouging. People who believe a business has artificially raised the prices for necessities such as gas, food and diapers can contact the attorney general's office at 1-800-392-8222 or file a complaint at www.ago.mo.gov.

The attorney general's office says people who violate price-gouging laws can face penalties of up to $1,000 per violation.

Attorney General Chris Koster says recovering from the deadly tornado will require that everyone work together, and people should not try to take advantage of storm victims.

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