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NWC prosecutes 25 delinquent customers over outstanding bills

Published:Monday | April 23, 2018 | 10:26 AM
The National Water Commission

The National Water Commission (NWC) is reporting that it prosecuted 25 delinquent customers between January and March.

The NWC says the customers had outstanding balances totalling over $3,000,000.

The agency says the recovery activities, which also included routine rechecks of disconnected services, were carried out in the St. Catherine, Clarendon and Kingston with the assistance of the Police.

“Of the Twenty Five persons, four opted to settle their balances in a last minute effort to avoid court action, while Nicheisha Smith from Stoneball Pathway, Seaview Gardens pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay 50% of her account along with a $50,000.00 fine or 6 months imprisonment”.

“Bench warrants were also issued for Ventura Robinson, Natalie LaTouche, and Roy Williams, all residing in the Toll Gate area of Clarendon. The other seventeen persons are currently awaiting available dates for court appearances”.

Meanwhile, the NWC says a man was arrested during a revenue recovery and police operation carried out on Beechwood Avenue, Kingston on April 16, 2018.

He was taken to the Cross Road Police Station after he prevented access to the property.

He was later charged with obstructing NWC personnel, giving false information to the police, resisting arrest, illegal connection to the NWC network and assaulting a police officer.

The NWC is appealing to customers who are faced with challenges in paying their bills to visit the nearest commercial office to make an amicable payment arrangement.

It is also urging persons to desist from connecting illegally to its network and asks the public to report any suspicion of illegal connections to the police. 

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