For immediate release - Friday, December 3, 2004.
Contact Machelle Shaffer, Iowa Dept. of Agriculture, 515-281-7808, or
Bob Brammer, Attorney General's Office, 515-281-6699.
Davenport Citgo Business Owner Must Pay $20,000 for
Consumer Fraud Violation
Lawsuit alleged Weights & Measures Bureau of Ag. Dept. found regular-grade gasoline in super-premium tanks at Citgo gas station.
Davenport. Ranbir Thakur of Davenport must pay a $20,000 civil penalty to the State as a result of a lawsuit alleging
Thakur's Citgo gas station business placed lower-grade regular gas in tanks supplying pumps that sold mid-grade and
The consumer fraud lawsuit was filed last March by Attorney General Tom Miller's Office based on an investigation by
the Weights & Measures Bureau of the Iowa Dept. of Agriculture & Land Stewardship. The investigation determined that
several gasoline tanker-truck drivers had been asked by Thakur to put 89-octane gas in tanks meant to hold 91- and 93-octane gasoline at the Citgo #578 gas station at 3527 Spring Street in Davenport.
Thakur and his business, Diwan, LLC, admitted the violation in a consent judgment and order entered recently by District
Court Judge Gary D. McKenrick. Under terms of the order:
- The defendants must pay a $20,000 civil penalty.
- They are prohibited from selling 89-octane gas as higher-grade 91-
or 93-octane gas.
- The Weights & Measures Bureau may accelerate and increase inspections
and testing at any stations owned by the defendants.
- The defendants' license to pump gas in Iowa will be immediately and
permanently revoked if there are any similar violations.
Agriculture Secretary Patty Judge stated: "This sends a clear message that gas retailers will be penalized sharply if they
violate the law. Our Department's Weights & Measures Bureau inspects and licenses all commercial weighing and
measuring devices, including gas pumps, and gas pump inspections are conducted unannounced annually throughout the
year in order to protect consumers."
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