Tropical Storm Isaac
5:50 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Alabama AG Warns Of Danger Of Fraud After Isaac

As Tropical Storm Isaac neared the coast of Alabama and nearby states, Attorney General Luther Strange warned his office would be on the lookout for those who might exploit the situation by committing fraud. When Gov. Robert Bentley declared a state of emergency Sunday he triggered the state's laws cracking down on price gouging and looting. The anti-looting law was adopted after last spring's devastating April tornadoes. It makes looting a crime and provides stiff penalties for those who exploit a tragedy like a hurricane or tornado. The price gouging law prohibits "unconscionable pricing" of items for sale or rent such as motel rooms, food, batteries or storm supplies. Strange also warns Alabama residents to be wary of persons who commit home repair fraud after the storm. Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.