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SQ and Hydro-Québec shut down electricity thefts in Saguenay

Hydro-Québec said it disrupted a rash of electricity thefts in Quebec's Saguenay region.

Hydro-Québec said it disrupted a rash of electricity thefts in Quebec’s Saguenay region.

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On July 13, the utility worked with the Sûreté du Québec to identify 10 households that were stealing electricity in Roberval, St-Félicien, Mashteuiatsh, St-Bruno, Hébertville and Chambord.

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No arrests were made, but the investigation has been handed over to Quebec’s crown prosecutor’s office, which will decide whether to charge anyone with crimes.

Hydro-Québec estimates it loses between $22 million and $75 million annually due to theft. It investigates roughly 400 cases of theft per year. It encourages people to call the utility if they suspect a fraud or an improper electric installation at 1-877-816-1212.

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