§61-3-44. Procuring gas, water or electricity, by device, with
intent to defraud; penalty.
Every person who, with intent to injure or defraud, procures,
makes, or causes to be made, any pipe, tube, wire, or other
conductor of gas, water or electric energy, and connects the same,
or causes it to be connected, with any main, service pipe or other
pipe for conducting or supplying gas, or water, or any wires or
other conductor of electric energy, in such manner as to supply
gas, water or electric energy to any lamp, motor, burner, orifice,
or any other device, by or at which gas, water or electric energy
is consumed, around or without passing through the meter provided
for measuring and registering the quantity of gas, water or
electric energy consumed, or in any other manner so as to evade
payment therefor, and every person who, with like intent, injures
or alters any gas, water or electric meter, or obstructs its
action, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction
thereof, shall be confined in the county jail not exceeding twelve
months, or fined not exceeding one thousand dollars, or both, in
the discretion of the court.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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