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Eagle Rock Gas Station Sold Bad Gas, Ruined At Least Eight Cars
The L.A. City Attorney's office announced criminal charges against the owners of an Eagle Rock gas station earlier today, following damage caused to at least eight vehicles by diluted and low-grade gasoline, according to City News Service.
Akop Akopyan and Gloria Cubides , both 54-years-old, have been charged with six criminal counts of misrepresenting the grade and quality of previously branded 76 Gasoline station. The station, located at 1871 Colorado Boulevard, is no longer affiliated with the 76 Brand, according to KTLA.
An investigation into the gas station, its owners and its suppliers began after multiple customers reported car problems after fueling the then 76 station. After an independent mechanic affirmed that cars' malfunction was all caused by bad gas, the California Department of Weighs and Measures began running independent tests at the gas station itself.
According to a statement released by the City Attorney's office, the tested gasoline had heavy concentrations of water and sediment three separate times.
"Substandard gasoline puts drivers at risk of serious car malfunctions, or even accidents," Feuer said in a written statement. "We're going to hold any gas station or supplier that cuts corners and harms consumers accountable for their illegal practices."
If convicted, Akopyan and Cubides could face up to two years and six months in jail, along with $5,000 in fines.