- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office says it’s issued subpoenas, written letters and reached out to charities to protect consumers in the wake of devastating floods.

Morrisey’s office said in a news release that he directed his office to organize mobile office visits, contact area charities and expedite approval of any emergency state contract related to flood relief.

The office’s consumer protection hotline has had extended hours and was staffed throughout last weekend to receive any reports of price gouging, charitable fraud or scams impacting the disaster area.

“While there have been reports of price gouging, the overwhelming majority of West Virginia businesses have displayed incredible generosity during this disaster and its aftermath,” Morrisey said.

Morrisey and U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins urged residents to report any scams or wrongdoing they encounter to the attorney general’s office and local law enforcement.

“Everywhere you go, you see people helping strangers, friends, neighbors - anyone who needs a helping hand and a warm meal,” Jenkins said. “We still have a long way to go in responding to the storm and the clean-up efforts, and I urge everyone to stay safe and protect themselves from fraud and scams.

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