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Ralphs faces fines for overcharging customers, false advertising

February 5, 2011 |  4:10 pm

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Ralphs Grocery Co. has pleaded no  contest to a variety of charges in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

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Sentencing for supermarket giant was set for next Wednesday on 62 criminal counts of overcharging customers, false advertising and false labeling at more than a dozen stores in Los Angeles County. The company, which pleaded no contest Monday, faces up to $43,000 in penalties.

"When the consumers of Los Angeles use their hard-earned money to buy food and other products, they deserve to get the full value of what they paid for," City Atty. Carmen Trutanich said in a statement. "Grocery and other stores that rip off customers will be prosecuted by the city attorney's office and held accountable for their unlawful actions."

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--Stephen Ceasar

Photo: Credit: Los Angeles Times

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