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Night club owner nabbed in JPS's Negril raids

Published:Friday | August 22, 2014 | 12:00 AM


The owner of a popular Negril-based nightclub was among several
persons arrested as the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) took its
anti-electricity theft operation to the resort town with a major
operation on Wednesday.

At the same time, the JPS said it discovered 24 sets of irregularities ranging from meter bypass, line taps, tampered meters and open circuits in the resort town.

"The 24 irregularities were discovered at several villas, restaurants and small hotels," Lesgar McGrath, JPS's large accounts technical officer for Region West told The Gleaner.

The nightclub owner has been charged for illegal abstraction of electricity and trespassing on the works of the JPS.

The light and power company said approximately 4,000 Kilowatt hours of electricity, costing some $170,000 monthy, was being stolen due to the by-pass activities.

"It has been approximately five months since the club has been operating like that, based on our intelligence," McGrath told The Gleaner.

"The operator of the nightclub also operates a villa which we also found to have illegal connections as well," he added.