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Boston Looks into Price-Gouging Complaints

BOSTON -- The state attorney general's office is looking into 46 complaints of possible price gouging by gasoline stations, according to an Associated Press report.

The complaints were turned over to Attorney General Tom Reilly on Thursday by the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs, and were directed at stations charging between $3.70 and $4 per gallon.

Consumer affairs spokesman Christopher Goetcheus said in the report that a number of high-priced stations were affiliated with Canton-based Cumberland Farms.

Christen Graham, a spokeswoman for the chain of convenience stores and gas stations, told the AP that the company takes the complaints seriously, and "needs to see what the state has gathered." Graham said Cumberland Farms sets gas prices at most of its stores, but a few stations are owned by franchisees who set their own prices.
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