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California Prosecutors File Price Gouging Charges

Press Democrat-

Prosecutors have filed new charges against landlords in Sonoma and Marin counties accused of unlawfully raising rents more than 10 percent after the October wildfires, adding to the expanding list of property owners charged with price gouging during a state of emergency.

In Sonoma County, the District Attorney’s Office charged Stacy Ervin Holland, 55, of Orange County, earlier this month with one count of price gouging. The former Santa Rosa resident allegedly raised the monthly rent from $2,585 to $3,500 — a 35 percent increase — on a four-bedroom, three-bathroom Bennett Valley home two weeks after the fires started, according to the criminal complaint.

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