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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s attorney general says a Kansas City judge has ordered Walgreens to pay $309,000 for violating an agreement between the drugstore chain and the state over allegedly deceptive pricing.

Chris Koster says a Jackson County judge assessed a $1,000 penalty Friday for each of the 309 times it was found to have left sales tags on the shelves after the sales period ended. Koster says that was in violation of a 2014 deal mean to halt suspected overcharging of customers.

That consent agreement barred Walgreens from leaving expired sales tags on display more than 12 hours from the time the offer expired. But Koster has alleged the problem persisted, leading to Friday’s court action.

Messages seeking comment were left Friday with Deerfield, Illinois-based Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.