Two people who allegedly stole a Smart Metering master card belonging to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), have been arrested.They are Eric Ansah, 36, businessman, and Richard Ahiaku, 43, an electrician.
Ansah was said to have used the card to load unspecified amounts of prepaid credit in multiples of GH¢2,000 onto prepaid meters of unsuspecting customers.
Briefing the media, the leader of the Revenue Protection and Prosecution Unit of ECG, Mr. Ishmael Tetteh Oku, said his outfit arrested Ansah upon a tip-off from a customer.
He said the customer bought two refrigerators from Ansah and started complaining about the cost it would add to his monthly electricity bills.
Mr. Oku said the customer’s complaint motivated Ansah to approach him with a solution, and assured him to provide him access to cheap electricity credit through a Master Card.
The customer allowed Ansah to load GH¢2,000 amount of prepaid unto his prepaid credit meter, and subsequently informed the ECG Revenue Protection team.
Ansah was arrested last Friday, when he went to the house of the said customer for the second time to load credit worth Gh¢2,000 onto his prepaid meter.
After interrogation, Ansah mentioned the name of Ahiaku, who confessed to getting the card from an employee (name withheld) of a Chinese company.
Mr. Oku said investigations revealed that the Master Card could load an amount of Gh¢2,000 at a swipe and the amount of credit the card had download could not be quantified immediately.
He said ECG had intensified its fight against illegal connections and other forms of electricity theft in a bid to reduce operational losses.
Meanwhile, the suspects have been placed in police custody, pending further investigations into the matter.