The Attorney General's Office has arrested two gas station owners for price gouging during a state of emergency.
Rajinder Singh, 50, of Madison was arrested Wednesday at his Fuel Time gas station on Bullard Street in Jackson.
The state's price gouging law prevents a merchant from increasing their average profit margin on products until a state of emergency executive order is rescinded.
Attorney General Jim Hood says Singh allegedly was charging 17 cents over his usual profit margin at the station. Singh was booked into the Hinds County Detention Center pending an initial court appearance.
Kuldip Singh, 51, of Natchez was arrested at his business in Roxie around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday 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 in Franklin County. Singh was booked into the Franklin County Detention Center.
Hood says investigators have been dispatched across the entire emergency impacted area. He says his office has received several complaints of price gouging.
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