17275 cases of electricity theft in 11 months: EMRC chief

Amman, The Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC) on Monday said it had recorded 9629 cases of electricity theft since the beginning of this year, while the electricity distribution companies, the public security and Gendarmerie departments’ personnel discovered a total of 7646 cases in the same period.

Cases included 6185 ones within the jurisdiction of the Jordanian Electric Power Company (JEPCO) in the center of the Kingdom, 2492 in areas affiliated with the Irbid District Electricity Company (IDECO), north of the Kingdom and 952 cases in the Electricity Distribution Company’s jurisdiction (EDCO), south of the Kingdom, said EMRC Chief Commissioner Farouq Hiari in a statement.

The law stipulates that anyone who tampers with the electrical system, or is involved in electricity theft, faces imprisonment of six months up to two years, a fine between JD2,000 and JD10,000, or both.

Under the law, all those who intentionally vandalise, destroy or hinder the work of power facilities, or cause them any damage, shall face a prison term of between one to three years or a fine ranging from JD2,000 to JD100,000, or both. The penalty can be increased if the violation causes danger to public safety.

Source: Jordan News Agency