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What is the charge and penalty for stealing electricity?

Question Details:

I fell on some hard times and had my electricity shut off in the dead of winter. I have a 9 year-old daughter and obviously needed heat and hot water, so I took matters into my own hands and turned the electric service back on. I ran it that way for approximately 3 weeks at which time I removed the jumpers from the box and moved out of the home. A month later the power company contacted me and said that they will not press charges if I made payments, which I have done. However, now they say that if I don't pay it all immediately, they will press charges. The amount is $1500. What should I do? I can't pay it all right now

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