Law enforcement issues warning March 17 against price gouging in response to COVID-19

3 20 DAVentura County law enforcement agencies warned local retailers and businesses about price gouging in a press release from the Ventura County District Attorney's Office on Tuesday, March 17.


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Pursuant to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s March 4 state of emergency declaration in response to the COVID-19 virus, businesses, retailers, and other service or goods providers may not charge a price that is more than 10 percent higher of the price that existed prior to the declaration, according to the DA's Office. Covered goods and services include food, emergency supplies, medical supplies, building materials, gasoline, transportation, freight and storage services, hotel accommodations, and rental housing. Goods and service providers may charge more than 10 percent only if their costs have increased. These prohibitions are in effect until Sept. 4.

Ventura County law enforcement agencies are working together to hold those responsible who engage in price gouging, according to the press release, which continued: "Price gouging is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $10,000. Violators may also be subject to civil enforcement actions and penalties up to $5,000 per violation, plus restitution."
Residents should be vigilant and report any instances of price gouging incurring in Ventura County. Price gouging may be reported by calling the District Attorney’s Office at 805-662-1737, or by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
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