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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Price gouging illegal during state emergency

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Officers have investigated reports of price gouging

UPDATE 03/19/2020: The Santa Cruz County District’s Attorney’s Office will be handling price-gouging concerns in our community.


To file a report, call 831-454-2050 or fill out the form (access form HERE). The form can be emailed to cfep@santacruzcounty.us or mailed to:


The Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office

Consumer Fraud Protection Division

701 Ocean Street

Room 200

Santa Cruz, CA 95060


Price gouging is when the cost of an item is increased by more than 10% after an emergency has been declared.

*There is an exception if the price increase is because of additional costs imposed by the supplier of the goods or for additional costs for labor or materials.


ESPAÑOL

ACTUALIZACIÓN 03/19/2020: La Oficina del Fiscal del Condado de Santa Cruz se estará haciendo cargo de incidentes de aumento de precios en nuestra comunidad durante este estado de emergencia.


Para presentar un reporte, llame al 831-454-2050 o complete este formulario (acceda formulario AQUÍ). Envié el formulario por correo electrónico a cfep@santacruzcounty.us o por correo a:

The Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office

Consumer Fraud Protection Division

701 Ocean Street

Room 200

Santa Cruz, CA 95060


El aumento de precios es cuando el costo de un producto aumenta en más de 10% después de que se ha declarado una emergencia


*Existe una excepción si el aumento de precio se debe a costos adicionales impuestos por el proveedor de los productos o por costos adicionales por mano de obra o materiales.


ORIGINAL: Price gouging during a state of emergency is not only illegal but also immoral.


Our officers have gone out to investigate reports of price gouging on essential items. If caught, these folks will face misdemeanor charges accompanied by steep fines.


Keep in mind- price gouging is when the cost of an item is increased by more than 10% after an emergency has been declared.


If you suspect price gouging is happening in our community, please have as much information as possible and call 471-1151.


ESPAÑOL

El aumento de precios durante un estado de emergencia no sólo es ilegal sino también inmoral. 


Nuestros oficiales han estado investigando reportes sobre el aumento de precios en suministros esenciales. Si damos con estas personas, enfrentarán cargos por delitos menores y fuertes multas. 


Tenga en cuenta que el aumento de precios es cuando el costo de un producto aumenta en más de 10% después de que se ha declarado una emergencia. 


Si sospecha que esta actividad ilícita está ocurriendo en nuestra comunidad, por favor obtenga toda la información que sea posible y llame al 471-1151. 


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