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L.A. County prosecutors: Ralphs overcharged customers

May 11, 2010 | 10:09 pm


L.A. County prosecutors allege that Ralphs and its parent company overcharged customers.

The multicount criminal case said Ralphs overcharged on prepackaged and weighed products such as fried chicken, bulk coffee, salads and fish. The chain was fined for similar violations in 2008 and 2009.

Ralphs and parent company Kroger Co. could face fines and penalties of up to $256,000 each.

Kroger spokeswoman Meghan Glynn said the company "takes allegations such as these seriously. We are conducting our own investigation and will take corrective actions as necessary."

During the undercover investigation, conducted between Jan. 20 and March 9 by the Los Angeles County Department of Weights and Measures, inspectors visited 14 Los Angeles Ralphs locations and found 27 overcharge violations, officials said.

"Ralphs is taking money out of their customers' pockets," said Deputy City Atty. Don Cocek, who filed and is prosecuting the case. "It might just be 95 cents, but if you add that up over the number of stores they have times the number of times they sell that item times 365 days a days a year, this becomes a huge ripoff."

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-- Andrea Chang

Photo: KTLA News