Natchez man arrested for price gouging

Published 10:12 pm Wednesday, August 29, 2012

MEADVILLE — A Franklin County gas station owner from Natchez was arrested at his Roxie store Wednesday on charges of price gouging.

The Mississippi Attorney General’s Office investigated the case.

Kuldip Singh, 51, was arrested at approximately 6:30 Wednesday by investigators with the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General’s Office.

Kuldip Singh

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Singh is accused of charging over his usual profit margin at the Roxie Truck Stop, which he owns.

A spokesman for the Attorney General said the office continues to warn that merchants cannot increase their average profit margin on products after the governor’s disaster declaration with a price gouging prohibition.

“Mississippi has been through enough emergency situations that businesses should know better by now,” Attorney General Hood said. “We have investigators out in the impacted areas and we will make more arrests if necessary.”

The Attorney General’s Office has 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.