SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Following the winter storm — Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins is warning residents of price gouging.
The act of price gouging is prohibited during a disaster by Louisiana law, according to a news release from the mayor’s office. Once a state of emergency is declared by either the government or parish — a price-gouging ban is placed on the area.
“It is illegal for the price of goods or services sold within a designated emergency area to exceed what is ordinarily charged for comparable goods and services,” Perkins said in a news release. “We will work to combat any attempts to exploit citizens attempting to acquire critical services.”
The ban may remain in effect for up to 30 days after the state of emergency is declared.
Those found price gouging can face the following repercussions:
- Fine up to $500
- 6-months imprisonment (with or without $500 fine)
- Imprisonment at hard labor for not more than 5 years where there is any serious bodily injury or any property damage in excess of $5,000.00
- Imprisonment at hard labor for not more than 21 years where a willful violation results in the death of any person
Anyone who suspects price gouging should call the Shreveport Police Department non-emergency number at 673-7300 and fill out a Consumer Dispute Form with the Office of the Louisiana Attorney General.