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June 5, 2014
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Businessman arrested for electricity theft

One business operator was arrested in Kingston on Monday, as part of JPS's intensified efforts to reduce electricity theft among businesses.

The arrest was made by police who accompanied JPS personnel on a sustained operation along Constant Spring Road, during which 53 metres were checked, and four irregularities found.

"Monday's activities form part of a renewed campaign to address the pervasive problem of electricity theft, which can be found at every level, including among commercial operators," explains Gary Barrow, JPS's senior VP energy delivery. "We have significantly increased the number of teams and resources assigned to do audits and investigations, and will be focusing on businesses in the Corporate Area over the next few days."

Two business operators in Montego Bay were arrested for electricity theft last month. A pharmacy operator on Barnett Street was arrested and charged when an audit of her meter indicated that it was advancing, after she had been disconnected for non-payment of outstanding amounts.

Another person was arrested when JPS crews unearthed a metre bypass that facilitated a water pump which was used to fill an 80,000 gallon water truck, used in the sale of water. More than 300 persons have been arrested for electricity theft since the start of the year.

Persons wishing to report theft, may send a text message to 292-7483 (CYA RITE), or send an email to: stoptheft@jpsco.com.

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