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    Out of the Woods

    Kansas convenience store chain settles Sept. 11 price-gouging allegations.

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A Leavenworth, Kan., fuel station operator has agreed to pay $16,500 in penalties and fines stemming from Sept. 11 price-gouging allegations.

    Charles R. Wood Oil Co. Inc. will pay the amount for charging more than $2.49 for a gallon of gasoline at 22 locations in the hours after the terrorist attacks, according to the Wichita Business Journal.

    Mary Tritsch, a spokeswoman for Kansas Attorney General Carla Stovall, said 40 companies that allegedly engaged in price gouging were offered a settlement plan that included donations to charities and refunds.

    The other 39 companies accepted the offer. The lone holdout was Wood Oil.

    Wood Oil will offer refunds to customers who bought gas at its locations for $2.49 or more on or after Sept. 11.

    Customers will be refunded the difference in the price per gallon offered at the specific Wood Oil location at 7 a.m. Sept. 11 and the price per gallon paid by the customer, the report said.

    Wood Oil reported to the Office of the Attorney General that it has been offering refunds on its own since Sept. 11. A receipt is not required to receive a refund, but the customer may be required to sign a refund statement about the time and amount of the purchase.

    The deadline to request refunds is Oct.

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