New Jersey cracks down on filling station scams

State inspectors are cracking down on gas stations to ensure customers aren't being victimized in scams.

From May 28 to May 30, inspectors spot-checked 1,024 filling stations across the Garden State. The investigation netted some disturbing results, with about a third of the stations receiving violations.

According to the inspectors, about 350 stations had inaccurate octane ratings, were shorting customers or had multiple price changes within a 24-hour period.

State and county inspectors are sealing pumps to prevent owners from making changes and issuing stickers that show pumps are in compliance with the state Motor Fuels Act. State Attorney General Anne Milgram says some owners are pleading ignorance, but the law is clear and will not go easy on owners trying to rip off patrons during a fuel crisis.

First offenses can carry a $1,500 fine for the station owner. Second offenses double the penalty to $3,000.

Stations found guilty of scamming motorists could also face having their pumps shut down for one to two months.

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