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13 July 2012 :: 18:07:24 pm 64837

Many Pattaya Businesses Stealing Electricity From The City

A Pattaya volunteer civic club filed a complaint with police that many businesses are using electricity illegally by tapping into utility lines. This has caused problems for many affected businesses and residents, with power disruptions and blackouts over a widespread area.
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PATTAYA – July 12, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]; At the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) office, Pattaya, Chonburi province; a complaint was submitted to Mr. Pravit Chaibuadaeng, the head of DSI’s eastern division, by Mr. Komsan Vetchaphan, 25, the president of a volunteer Pattaya civic club, and several other club members. They asked the DIS to investigate and prosecute businesses that were apparently using electricity illegally by tapping utility lines, which negatively impacts many other government offices and the general business sector in the area.

The club was informed of this illegal activity by Mr. Saichol Klomsoongnern, 25, a technician who sets up telephone lines. Mr. Saichol had discovered that some business entrepreneurs had tapped into electricity from public utility poles and diverted the electricity to their power supply equipment while bypassing the electric meters.

After inspecting an area of Pattaya, it was found that there were up to 19 points where the electricity was being illegally tapped from utility lines. Locations included Soi Korpai in south Pattaya, the red light intersection at Third Pattaya road, in front of the Thepprasit branch of SCB bank, Soi Nok Khao, the Soi 5 Land Department, Soi Daynight, south Pattaya, and other locations.

The volunteer club has already notified the investigating police officer at the Pattaya police station, Chonburi province, of the illegal stealing of government property. Club president Mr. Komsan said that the illegal use of electricity apparently has been progressing for several months, and includes many business unit such as a Cable TV entrepreneur, a large hotel business and group of real estate firms. He said that the unauthorized usage has caused frequent problems of disruptions in the supply of electricity, as well as the overloading of electric circuits and blackouts, causing widespread negative impact to people, the business sector and other organizations.

From the evidence provide by the club, the illegal activities appear to span a wide area at many points which presumable had been causing a lot of accumulated damages over a long period of time. Mr. Pravit of the DSI said that this matter of stealing government property may be punished by up to 5 years imprisonment

The Pattaya police station has called the victimized power company, Provincial Electricity Authority, and is now collecting evidence to issue arrest warrants for the electricity smugglers, which may involve a lot people and a lot of different businesses participating in the illegal activity.

The DSI eastern division is coordinating with Director-General of DSI take quick action to gather evidence and prosecute the offenders, for the benefit of the affected government offices and businesses.

Mr. Komsan said his volunteer club was set up by a group of people that have goodwill to the country with the ideology to fight for correctness. The club has the supporting power of good people in their efforts to protect their fellow citizens from corrupt people and organizations.

Reporter : Tanasab   Photo : Tanasab   Category : Crime News

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