Autoriades raided the establishment “Shalom Hostal Spa”, located in the municipality of Ponedera, in order to verify the alleged commission of the crime of fraud of fluids by illegal connection to the electric power service.
The operation, carried out this Thursday morning, was led by Electricaribe, the Attorney General’s Office, the Sijin and the Special Operations Group (Goes) of the National Police, Atlantic section. In its development the existence of a large electrical infrastructure operating illegally was confirmed.
A 112.5 KVA power transformer was found connected to the Electricaribe network. With this capacity, it is estimated that the monthly billing would be higher than 4 million pesos.
The superintendent, Natasha Avendaño García, confirmed that, “despite having the energy service, the establishment is not formalized as an Electricaribe client. The place has more than 30 rooms, more than 40 air conditioners, an auditorium for events with capacity for 200 people, and only paid 130 thousand pesos of energy per month. This value was included in the total consumption of the San Jorge neighborhood community, in subnormality, in Ponedera (Atlántico), thus violating the rights of users who were unaware that they were paying for the energy consumption of the property ”.
The purpose of the raid was to inspect, collect evidence, and dismantle the illegal connection. It was carried out at the request of Electricaribe, in response to complaints from the public and to the refusal of the owners of the establishment to formalize themselves as a user of the company. During the procedure, the hostel manager was captured.
Faced with this case, and given the upcoming entry of the new energy service operators in the Caribbean, the superintendency invited the community and local authorities to keep reporting power theft and other illegal practices that affect the provision of the service and the interests of the users.