MERRICK - A Lynbrook man claims a Gulf station changed the price of gasoline while he was pumping it into his car.

Robert Levulis says when he started pumping gas at the Merrick station yesterday, the price was $3.85 a gallon, but then the pump stopped, reset, and the price went up by 6 cents.

Nassau County Consumer Affairs investigated Levulis's claim and concluded that the gas station attendant improperly changed the price on the pump's computer before changing the station's big road signs.

Station manager Gurjinder Sing admitted that his employee made an error and promised to refund the 24-cent difference to Levulis.

Nassau County Consumer Affairs Commissioner Madalyn Farley says changing the price in this fashion is "both deceptive and unconscionable." She adds that the gas station could be fined up to $2,500 each time it happens.