City Power employee arrested for fraud

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Tebogo Msimanga |

A 37-year-old City Power employee was arrested for trying to swindle a Troyville customer out of their money. He went to a business customer at their workplace in Wilhemina street,in Johannesburg and lied that he was there to audit the meter.

City Power spokesperson Isaac Mangena said after fiddling with the meter box, the staff member is said to have demanded an amount of about R780 to reconnect the customers.

“The quick-thinking customer locked City Power staffer and called law enforcement agencies. City of Joburg’s Group Forensics and JMPD responded and arrested the suspect.”

He allegedly confessed that he was not authorized to do an audit on the customer’s meter, as he didn’t have a job card. He was arrested and booked at Jeppe Police station for the weekend.

City Power CEO Mr Mongezi Ntsokolo welcomed the arrest of a staff member for trying to swindle a customer out of their money. “This should serve as a warning to other staff members that their job is to provide a service to the residents and not steal from them. We will not tolerate any mischief from our staff members or contractors.”Said Ntsokolo

The staff member will appear in court on Monday, 12 April 2021 on charges of fraud and malicious property damage.

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