In Yunlin, a man surnamed Lee with plumbing background used his knowledge to change electricity meter readings. A Taiwan Power employee discovered what he was doing and reported him to the police. They found modification equipment during a search and Lee was sentenced to six months in prison. Taipower is also seeking NT$750,000 in repayment. Taipower says if you want to keep your electricity bill down, use normal channels to reduce your electricity consumption. Illegal methods will be fined at 1.6 times the going rate.
Taiwan Power personnel and police search the headquarters of an electricity theft ring and find professional modification tools. The chief suspect, a plumber surnamed Lee, used the equipment to alter meters to underreport electricity usage. We don't need to say what this is used for. It's very obvious what this tool is for. It's for removing the seal. Where did police find this? This is used to remove the seal. It was in here. A Taipower inspector uncovered the theft after finding a tampered meter seal. He reported the case to the police, which used CCTV footage to identify Lee. Lee was charged with modifying three electricity meters and sentenced to six months. We found three meters that had been tampered with, and [Taipower] is seeking repayment of NT$750,000. We urge everyone not to fall prey to these kinds of criminals. If you want to save on your electricity bill, use less electricity. Taipower says those that want to save on electricity need to use normal channels like buying power-saving appliances. Those that use illegal methods will be charged at 1.6 times the normal rate. 台電人員會同警方來稽查竊電集團，一下子就發現專業改裝工具，原來這名李姓嫌犯本身有水電工背景，卻利用改裝工具破壞電表封印，來變造電表竊電，讓原本電表被改過後，就會用多報少。 台電查緝人員表示：「這個要做什麼的，不用再說，這要做什麼的，這都有加工過的，這很明顯了。這個就是解封印鎖，警察，就是這一支，在哪裡找的，這就是破壞封印鎖的，就放在這裡面。」 台電人員表示，這件竊電會被發現，是因為台電人員巡電表時，發現電表封印有被破壞痕跡，因此報警追查，後來透過雲林警方調閱監視器才發現李姓主嫌，最後查獲3處變造電表竊電依法送辦。 台電雲林區營業處副處長 呂宜芸表示：「這案子總共最後破獲有3處，總共追查電費75萬多元。我們也是呼籲民眾，不要誤觸法網，相信不肖業者節電、省電錯誤的方式。」 台電人員表示，熱天用電量高，民眾應該循著正常管道省電，千萬不能透過坊間不肖人士，假藉裝省電裝置，實際卻改變線路、破壞竊電，被抓到還得被追繳1.6倍電費，而這名李嫌最後被法院判刑6個月。