Employees of the mobile group of the branch “Rosseti Centre Lipetskenergo” arrived checking at an asphalt concrete plant in Dobrinsky district. During the inspection of the metering device, the power engineers found damaged antimagnetic seals. Moreover, as Lipetskenergo’s experts say, the magnet was so powerful that the axis of the counting mechanism of the electricity meter was bent. Based on the results of the check, an act of non-metered consumption was drawn up, according to which 485 thousand kWh of electricity were additionally charged to the enterprise. The asphalt plant will have to pay 1 million 756 thousand rubles.
Another act of non-metered consumption was drawn up by Lipetskenergo’s mobile inspection group at an asphalt concrete plant in Dolgorukovsky district. Here, the road workers underestimated the readings by 131 thousand kWh, which is equivalent to the amount of 474 thousand rubles. Again, with the help of a magnet, owners of the asphalt concrete plant in Usman district tried to save on electricity. They will be invoiced for 286 thousand rubles.
The branch “Rosseti Centre Lipetskenergo” filed a complaint with the police regarding the initiation of criminal cases under Art. 165 of the Criminal Code: damage by deception or breach of trust in the absence of signs of theft. The sanction of the article provides for a fine of up to 300 thousand rubles or imprisonment for up to two years.
“Attempts to steal electricity in the Lipetsk region are widespread. But thanks to the smart metering system that Lipetskenergo installs, we see the sources of losses on the screen of our computers. Therefore, our crews go to consumers, knowing in advance that a person in bad faith passes readings and pays bills. Nowadays, trying to steal electricity is unprofitable. This entails the courts, fines and proceedings with the police,” explained Deputy Director for Sale and Development of Services of the branch “Rosseti Centre Lipetskenergo” Sergey Vetrov the consequences of non-metered consumption.
In total, for six months of 2019, employees of the branch “Rosseti Centre Lipetskenergo” made up 481 acts of non-metered and non-contractual electricity consumption. Thus, the power engineers prevented the theft of more than five million kWh of electricity worth more than 29 million rubles.