Gas Pumps Cheated Drivers, Investigation Finds

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUSTIN (AP) - State investigators today said Texas drivers who
recently bought gas at hundreds of Sunmart stations probably were
shortchanged.
A weekend investigation found 990 Sunmart pumps were rigged to
favor the company by as much as one-tenth of a gallon for every
five gallons sold.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples says that he, quote,
"strongly suspects this was an intentional act." Pumps found to
be in violation were immediately shut down by state inspectors.
Sunmart, the operating name for Petroleum Wholesale, didn't
immediately return calls seeking comment.
Staples says his office began investigating Friday, after
noticing a spike in violations. The statewide investigation found
that 990 of Sunmart's 1,704 fuel pumps were found to be cheating
consumers.
Staples says the company could be fined as much as $100,000.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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