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Author: Don Obrien

Alleged price gouging will be investigated, says finance chief | News


ALLEGATIONS of price gouging in light of the recent release of local stimulus cards to CNMI taxpayers will be investigated, Department of Finance Secretary David DLG Atalig said.

Community members who suspect businesses of price gouging are encouraged to contact the Department of Finance and specify details of the suspected price gouging, he said.

The department has already received emails from a number of concerned community members, he added.

He assured the community that the department will work with the Office of the Attorney General to ensure that there are no price gouging, hidden fees, or extra charges pertaining to purchases made on CNMI stimulus cards.

To make an anonymous claim on suspected price gouging, email detailed information to stimulus@dof.gov.mp

Atalig ensures that the privacy of submitted claims will be protected and claims will be investigated.

Should the investigation result in a confirmed case of price gouging, Atalig said the department will work with the consumer to ensure that the funds are returned.

“Because of this unique situation, I’ll leave that for the AG’s office to see if there are any violations of the law…. They can impose a penalty or even take this vendor or merchant to court,” he added.

Atalig said the Department of Finance and the Department of Commerce can block or suspend a business license of a vendor or merchant who is found guilty 



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