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Businessman fined J$100,000 for stealing electricity

Thursday, May 15, 2014 | 10:17 AM    

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ST ANN, Jamaica – Businessman, 45-year-old Rohan Griffiths was fined $100,000 or six months in prison for stealing electricity when he appeared in the St Ann’s Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday, May 12.

Reports are that on June 20, 2013 a Jamaica Public Service (JPS) team and the St Ann Police were on an operation in the Ocho Rios Area when they saw wires attached to the JPS secondary line, leading to a shop owned by Griffiths on Fisherman’s Beach.

Several appliances were reportedly found to be powered by the illegal connection. Griffiths was subsequently arrested and charged.

In court on Monday, Griffiths pleaded guilty to the charge. In imposing the fine Senior Resident Magistrate Andrea Thomas said that it should act as a deterrent to would-be offenders.

Another man from a Steer Town address was reportedly fined $25,000 or six months in prison after he pleaded guilty Monday to a similar offence of electricity theft.

Since the start of the year, more than 30 people from St Ann have reportedly been arrested and charged for stealing electricity as JPS steps up its fight against illegal connections.

Renae Dixon

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