DES MOINES, Iowa — Due to the recent severe storms in Iowa, Attorney General Tom Miller is putting price gouging rules in effect.
The rules are for the five counties where the governor has made Disaster Proclamations. The rule protects residents of Cedar, Lyon, Plymouth, Pocahontas, and Sioux counties.
Price gouging is charging unjustified high prices and taking advantage of disaster victims.
Miller is also urging all storm victims to be alert for repair and clean-up scams.
“Flooding takes a heavy toll on homes and properties,” says Miller. “We’re concerned that some unscrupulous people or even criminals may try to capitalize on Iowans’ needs for quick cleanup and repair jobs.”
Those charged with price gouging will be subject to penalties under the Consumer Fraud Act.