Power theft Four customers fined GHC 12,000 over illegal connection

In all, the court presided over by Mrs Vivian Ellen Amoah fined them a total sum of GhȻ12, 000 or 250 penalty units each.

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Four customers of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) who did self-reconnection after they have been disconnected for non-payment of bill have been convicted by a Kumasi Circuit Court.

The four who pleaded guilty to one count of obtaining electricity supply in an illegal manner contrary to rule 5 and 41 (2) (b) of the Legislative Instrument 1816 (2005) were convicted on their own plea.

They were fined GhȻ 3000 each or in default, one year imprisonment in hard labour.

Fines

In all, the court presided over by Mrs Vivian Ellen Amoah fined them a total sum of GhȻ12 000 or 250 penalty units each.

The convicts were Kwasi Prempeh, a trader; Asantewaa Manu More, a student; Bruce Antinicious, IT Specialist and Edward Owusu, a driver.

The four were part of a group of 34 customers who were arrested on December 2, 2016 by the company during a revenue mobilization exercise.

Facts

Led by the Manager of Prosecutions at the ECG, Mr Paul Assibi Abariga, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mrs Doris A. Amewu, told the court that on December 2, 2015 the revenue mobilization team of the company together with the police, went on a disconnection exercise in and around the Kumasi metropolis.

She said during the exercise, the convicts were found to have illegally connected power to their residences and were using it.

She said the convicts had earlier been disconnected for non-payment of bills and had reconnected the power without paying for their outstanding bills.

Mrs Amewu said the exercise took place around Ahenema Kokoben, Afrancho, Atonsu, Kaase and their environs.

Meanwhile, she said the convicts have since paid their bills and their reconnection fees.

Source: Graphiconline

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