Local businesses under investigation for price gouging

A local hotel is at the center of a price gouging investigation.

Attorney General Roy Cooper through his Consumer Protection Division is investigating numerous reports of price gouging related to Hurricane Matthew. His office is investigating and has issued subpoenas to the following businesses to determine if consumers’ reports of price gouging can be confirmed:

• Enterprise Leasing Company-Southeast, LLC of Raleigh, for allegations that it raised rental car rates from about $30 per day to about $60 per day at  the company’s locations in Fayetteville, Lumberton, Raleigh, Elizabeth City and Boone.

• The Komegay Company, LLC of Charlotte, for allegations that its Sleep Inn located at 203 NC Highway 55 West in Mount Olive reportedly charged as much as $150 a night for rooms that typically go for less than $90.

• Circle K. Stores, Inc. of Raleigh, for allegations that its Kangaroo convenience store at 6605 Raeford Road in Fayetteville charged $29 for a 24-pack of water.

• JSR3, Inc, of Gastonia, for allegations that its Budget Inn at 800 West Franklin Street in Gastonia charged storm evacuees as much as $300 a night for a room.

To date, our Consumer Protection Division has received 183 consumer complaints of possible price gouging related to Hurricane Matthew and its aftermath. Consumers can report suspected price gouging online at ncdoj.gov or by phone to 1-877-5-NO-SCAM (toll-free within North Carolina).

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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