A Galloway Township motel is one of three businesses that agreed to settlements with the state Division of Consumer Affairs involving price gouging in relation to Hurricane Sandy.

In the original complaint, authorities said that between Oct. 27, 2012, and Nov. 13, 2012, Devsatya Inc., doing business as Studio Inn & Suites, 257 E. White Horse Pike, raised its room rates by as much as 283 percent above the prices charged for the same rooms before the storm.

Devsatya will pay $25,000, which includes $1,403 in consumer retribution.

The remaining $18,846 represents civil penalties and $4,751 to reimburse the state’s attorney fees and investigative costs.

An additional $23,730 in civil penalties is suspended but will become payable if the business violates terms of the consent judgment within two years, officials said.

In total, according to the complaint, the hotel engaged in a total of 183 instances of price gouging during a state of emergency.

The other two businesses were a hotel in Asbury Park, Monmouth County, and a gas station in East Hanover, Morris County.

Steve Hughes

Local news editor at the Press of Atlantic City. SUNY Geneseo and Syracuse University grad. New Jersey transplant.

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