Gas station owner refutes inclusion on fuel scam list
A gas station owner accused of scamming motorists by the Department of Consumer Affairs says he's the victim of a smear campaign.
Exxon owner Ed Rapke is demanding to know how his name ended up on a list of hundreds of accused gas station scam artists. According to Rapke, he's had a perfect inspection record for eight years.
"I've received dozens of phone calls from colleagues and customers saying 'what are you doing there, cheating customers?'" says Rapke.
Rapke's station is currently sporting an Essex County seal of approval sticker issued by the Division of Weights and Measures three weeks ago, contradicting the station's inclusion on the list of fuel swindlers.
The issue may involve a mix-up in paperwork, as a second inspector stopped by the station within 10 minutes of the first one. The alleged incorrect report has been forwarded to state officials who say they're investigating the circumstances.
The director of the state's Consumer Affairs Division says the department will set the record straight publicly if the gas station was listed erroneously.
According to state Attorney General Anne Milgram, one in three gas stations throughout the state are in violation of the Motor Fuels Act or the Consumer Fraud Act.
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