Jackson, MS—A Franklin County gas station owner is facing charges of price gouging as Mississippi continues to do battle with the effects of Hurricane Isaac, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.
Kuldip Singh, 51, of Natchez was arrested at his business in Roxie around 6:30 tonight by investigators with the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General’s Office. Singh is accused of charging over his usual profit margin at the Roxie Truck Stop, which he owns.
The Attorney General continues to warn that merchants cannot increase their average profit margin on products once the Governor issued a disaster declaration with a price gouging prohibition until the order is rescinded.
“Mississippi has been through enough emergency situations that businesses should know better by now,” said Attorney General Hood. “We have investigators out in the impacted areas and we will make more arrests if necessary.”
The Attorney General’s Office has already received hundreds of calls related to Isaac concerning price gouging, primarily of gasoline. Anyone who suspects price gouging should contact the Attorney General’s Office at 1-800-281-4418.
Singh was booked into the Franklin County Detention Center. As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
This case is being investigated by Richie McCluskey and Bo Luckey and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Patrick Beasley of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division.