AG, Ag Secretary Worry about Fuel Scams

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Two state officials say they're stepping up their monitoring of potential scams by merchants who sell gasoline.

Attorney General Steve Six and Agriculture Secretary Adrian Polansky also say consumers should be vigilant and report complaints to them. Six and Polansky say their concerns are sparked by gas prices hovering around $4 a gallon.

They says that gives unscrupulous merchants more of an incentive to water down fuel or misrepresent the quality of the fuel they're selling. But both acknowledged they have yet to run across abuses and are reacting to problems in other states.

The Department of Agriculture is involved because it inspects each gas pump at least once every 18 months.

Polansky says about six weeks ago his agency began doing additional random inspections.

See the Fuel Fact Sheet for information on how to file a complaint.

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