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September 7, 2005

Albany -- The Dougherty County Sheriff will let the Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs decide whether to charge any local gas stations with price gouging.

Last Friday Sheriff's Investigators checked all gas stations in Dougherty County after prices skyrocketed and the Governor signed an executive order to prevent gouging. Investigators recorded the price stations paid for their gas and their profit margins.

Some stations lowered their prices as soon as Investigators came in. Sheriff Jamil Saba said "They could have brought it down a little bit more, which they did once after we contacted some of the home office. And we felt like they worked with us, and we appreciate that."

Sheriff Saba said if the State Consumer Affairs office decides any Dougherty County Stations were price gouging, he'll make sure they are prosecuted.

His Investigators will continue to watch for possible price gouging.

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