LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Criminal charges have been filed against the owners of an Eagle Rock gas station over accusations they sold fuel that damaged at least eight cars.
The Los Angeles City Attorney’s office alleges that customers of a former 76 station, located at 1871 Colorado Boulevard, experienced car trouble soon-after filing up at the station.
Officials say tests on the gas revealed a lot of water and sediment.
The government agency said on its website that six counts have been filed against Akop Akopyan and Gloria Cubides, both 54, along with their delivery company.
All stand accused of misrepresenting the grade and quality of gasoline, according to the City Attorney’s office.
If convicted, each could face a jail sentence of less than three years, along with monetary fines.
“Substandard gasoline puts drivers at risk of serious car malfunctions, or even accidents,” City Attorney Mike Feuer said. “We’re going to hold any gas station or supplier that cuts corners and harms consumers accountable for their illegal practices.”
Those who suspect they may have been victimized is asked to file a complaint with the division of measurement standards at the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
That department can be reached by dialing (916) 229-3000.