Ohio Cumberland Gas Company is required to notify customers annually of the Ohio Meter Tampering Law. Although most customers would never tamper with meters or service equipment, the Ohio Legislature enacted a Meter Tampering Law to set penalties for the few who are dishonest. The Ohio Metering Law defined tampering as interfering with, damaging, or bypassing a meter or service equipment to reduce the amount of gas service registered on the meter. Under the law, proof of tampering or reconnecting a gas meter is considered sufficient evidence that the customer caused the tampering or reconnected the meter. Violators of the law may be sentenced to a maximum of five (5) years in jail and/or fines up to $2,500. In addition, violators must pay for the value of gas used and the cost of repairs or replacement of equipment.
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