Energy Company JPS is reporting that its intensified campaign against electricity theft with the support of several members of the Constabulary Force, has resulted in the arrest of 38 persons since the start of the year. Of that number, six (including a woman) have been sentenced to prison time, some, for a number of months.
Of the 38 arrests across the island, 20 are from St. Catherine. Three of the convicted persons have come from the Corporate Area, with the remainder coming from St. Catherine, St. James, and Hanover. The Corporate Area convictions included the resident of Tivoli Gardens who was arrested in January for breaching the JPS’ anti–theft system and was subsequently sentenced to 9 months in prison. Two beneficiaries of his activities were sentenced to fines $25,000 each or 3 months in jail.
Last year, 62 persons were arrested and charged for the illegal abstraction of electricity. The Company continues to appeal to persons who are using electricity illegally, to become regularized.
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