Attorney General Chris Koster warned individuals and businesses against price-gouging following the tornadoes and storms in St. Louis.

“Missouri law is clear —price gouging is illegal and the Attorney General’s Office will investigate and prosecute instances of price-gouging to the full extent of the law,” Koster said.

The attorney general urged any person who believes a business has suddenly and artificially raised the prices on necessities should contact his office at 1-800-392-8222, or online at to file a complaint.

Koster said those who violate price-gouging laws can face penalties of up to $1,000 per violation.