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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

September 25, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The state has received more than 1,200 complaints of gas price gouging since Governor Sonny Perdue made an emergency declaration nearly two weeks ago.

More than 25% percent of the complaints came from south Georgia. After getting receipts from customers, the state has found 70 stations they believe may have improperly raised their prices.

So far, 20 subpoenas have been issued and now it will be up to the stations to prove their innocence.

"The gas pumps and the computers keep accurate information about when the price was increased and when fuel was delivered to the stations so that information is pretty accurate and we can look at it and from there we'll determine what fine if any or reimbursement to consumers will occur," says Shawn Conroy of the Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs.

The emergency declaration will last a month, through October 12th unless the Governor rescinds his order.

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