Hood says 2 Miss. stations overcharged for gas

A man fills his gas tank at a gas station Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in South Euclid, Ohio. Drivers are facing the biggest one-day jump in gasoline prices in 18 months as Hurricane Isaac swamps the nation's oil and gas hub along the Gulf Coast. Some states in the Midwest suffered even more dramatic spikes. Ohio prices jumped 14 cents, Indiana prices jumped 13 cents and Illinois prices jumped 10 cents according to the Oil Price Information Service. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

August 29, 2012 7:19:09 PM PDT
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says two gas station owners were arrested Wednesday and charged with price gouging during a state of emergency that's in place because of Tropical Storm Isaac.

Hood says 50-year-old Rajinder Singh of Madison was arrested Wednesday at his Fuel Time gas station in Jackson.

He also says 51-year-old Kuldip Singh of Natchez was arrested at his business, Roxie Truck Stop in Franklin County.

It was not clear whether the men are related or whether they have attorneys.

Mississippi's price gouging law prevents a merchant from increasing the average profit margin on products until a state of emergency executive order is lifted.

Hood accuses Rajinder Singh of charging 17 cents over his usual profit margin at the station.