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

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.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

  1. Jim Krampur says:

    We’re being price -gouged by insurance corporations, the federal government and federal government contractors.

    If some can charge $120k per year for their services, why shouldn’t every one else!?

    Banks have so many residential foreclosures they could easily provide these people each with a tempoary shelter. But, since they have so much of our TAARP money (bailout) they won’t do it.

    It’s okay to cause homelessness, but, not to raise prices when you’re having to do business in a hell hole?

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