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Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 8:00am

Suit Alleges Gas Pump Rigging

Southeast Georgia's Camden County and three agencies are splitting $2.5 million in money stolen by rigged gas pumps at convenience stores on Interstate 95.

The county will get about half the proceeds from a civil racketeering case against the late gas stations' owner and others involved in the fraud.

Over a two year period, the gas stations shorted customers millions of dollars, a few pennies at a time.

Savannah attorney Robert Bartley Turner represents a court-approved class of victims that could include more than a hundred thousand people.

"The class action advertisements which are already approved by the court will advertise in USA Today, which will then reach everyone in the United States," Turner says. "It is our belief that the victims aren't just in South Georgia but are all up the eastern seaboard and all over the United States."

The federal class action suit is pending.

"There were roughly 1,600 transactions a day and the number of days the pumps were rigged was 115 days over that period of time," Turner says. "So, you do the math. That's a lot of people."

Defendants settled the state civil racketeering case for more than $2.5 million.

But a judge ordered almost all of that money to go to the agencies including the Brunswick District Attorney's office, the Kingsland Police and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.