Kiln Man Arrested For Falsely Labeling Gas

JACKSON (WLOX) - Attorney General, Jim Hood, Friday announced the arrest of Randy I. Koenenn, age 49, of Kiln,  for violating the Petroleum Products Inspection Law of Mississippi.

An investigation involving the cooperative efforts of the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General's Office and the Mississippi Department of Agriculture resulted in the arrest.

Koenenn is the operator of Kodie's Junction, a gas station located at the intersection of Highway 603 and Highway 43 in Kiln, MS.

He is accused of filling his gasoline holding tanks with 87 octane gasoline and selling it through his 89 octane and 93 octane pumps.

"Gas prices are already at an all-time high, and premium costs .25 to .30 a gallon more than regular," said Hood. "This man is accused of taking unfair advantage of customers who are already being squeezed by these high prices. We can't tolerate this type of deceptive practice."

Koenenn is currently charged with two counts of violating section 75-55-21 which makes the false labeling or substitution of petroleum products at a service station a misdemeanor.

He faces a maximum of fine of $500 on each charge, or he could be prohibited from selling gas, diesel or other fuel for up to 5 years.

Hancock County Justice Court Judge Tommy Carver set bond at $1,000.

The charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.