Price Gouging Statute Now in Effect in SC

South Carolina - SC Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the price gouging statute is in effect after an executive order from Governor Nikki Haley declared a state of emergency.

AG Wilson said:

“As we prepare for Hurricane Matthew to make landfall in South Carolina, it’s imperative that South Carolinians make necessary preparations and follow safety instructions.

"Our state is still recovering from the catastrophic damage caused by the floods in 2015, and as we have witnessed before, we will see many neighbors helping each other during this delicate time. However, we may also see some looking to unfairly take advantage of the situation through price gouging of food, gasoline, lodging, water and any other commodities as defined by the statute.

"Pursuant to state law, price gouging constitutes a criminal violation and an unfair trade practice. I urge citizens to remain vigilant and notify my office immediately if you believe you have witnessed or are aware of price gouging. 

"Please email any examples or documentation to pricegouging@scag.gov; tweet photos or examples tagging @SCPriceGouging; or call 803-737-3953 if you have witnessed a likely violation.”

The statute remains in effect for fifteen (15) days and is the general prohibition of unconscionable prices during times of disasater. Gougers can be charged for excessive pricing, a misdemeanor offense punishable by a $1,000 fine and/or 30 (thirty) days in jail. 

View the statute here.


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