Reports of price gouging during San Diego’s massive blackout prompted District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis to warn residents.
“Unfortunately, some individuals use a time of crisis to take advantage of others,” said Dumanis. “We want businesses to know that the District Attorney’s Office will hold price gougers accountable.”
After a state of emergency is declared, it is illegal for businesses to increase prices of essential goods and services by more than 10 percent.
The prohibition on price gouging after a disaster applies to food, supplies, medical supplies, home fuel and other various goods. It also includes transportation methods.
Hotels and motels are also not allowed to increase regular rates during 30 days following the state of emergency proclamation.
Report suspected price gouging to the District Attorney’s Consumer Protection Unit at 619-531-3115.