St Elizabeth shopkeeper fined $90,000 for electricity theft
Launtia Cuff, Gleaner Writer
A St Elizabeth shopkeeper who was charged earlier this year with trespassing on the works of the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) was fined $90,000 or three months imprisonment when she appeared in the Black River Resident Magistrate’s court on yesterday.
Avril Johnson pleaded guilty to the charge of stealing electricity.
Police from St Elizabeth and technicians from the JPS conducted an anti-electricity theft operation in the Logwood area of Black River when they observed wire attached from JPS' power lines to a shop Johnson owned and operated.
They observed that no meter was attached to the shop and she was subsequently arrested and charged.
Johnson was given until November 26 to pay the fine.
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