Woman pleads no contest to stealing electricity

Rebecca Ramey

A woman pled no contest to stealing about $4,000 in electricity from North Arkansas Electric Cooperative during a session of Baxter County Circuit Court last Monday.

Thirty-six-year-old Rebecca Darleen Ramey was sentenced to three years in prison.

The theft of power came to light when an NAEC serviceman did a routine meter check on June 20 at a residence along Windmill Lane.

During the check, the serviceman discovered the meter at that address had been tampered with in such a way that power was flowing to the home, but not being monitored.

In early January 2020, another NAEC serviceman had pulled the meter and sealed the meter base. The tampering to permit power to continue to be available was done as some point after Jan. 6, 2020.

NAEC estimated that from Jan. 6, 2020 to June 20, 2022, the power usage based on historical consumption at the address would have amounted to more than $4,000.

Victim compensation was also ordered for damage to NAEC equipment.

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