Jacksonville, FL - Florida lawmakers are now considering action against theft and fraud on utility companies, and that could mean help for your wallet.
JEA investigates about 520 cases of theft or fraud against them every month, and in the past three months alone that’s cost about $243,000.
“When there’s theft against JEA, it impacts our rates and we need to protect our rate payers who are our customers,” says JEA Spokeswoman Gerri Boyce.
Boyce says JEA supports the legislative action, which would heighten the penalties against someone who steals from the utility company.
“Our hope would be that this would deter people from trying to steal electric or water service from JEA,” she says.
This includes problems like bypassing a meter and does not cover utility theft against another person.