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Police: Arrest Made in Electric Billing Scam

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James Nordhausen (Photo: Selbyville Police) James Nordhausen (Photo: Selbyville Police)
SELBYVILLE, Del. - An arrest has been made in an investigation into a possible theft and fraud involving power meters across Delmarva.

Selbyville Police say 50-year-old James "JET" Edmond Nordausen, of Ellicott City, was arrested Monday.

They say he posed as a representative of the eShield Home Energy Tracker Company and scammed power customers across Delmarva into essentially stealing electric. Police say Nordausen altered a flyer from the company by adding his name and contact information, then passed the flyer out to several businesses and home owners offering them a way to cut their electric bill in half. If he and a business or resident came to an agreeable price, police say Nordausen would then illegally open the electric meter and install a device to alter the reading of the current going through it.

Homes and businesses have power meters attached to them. They monitor the building's energy use and allow the power company to know how much to charge a customer. Jeremy Tucker, a spokesman for Delaware Electric Co-Op says customers who were affect by this scam were reporting an amount far lower than the actual amount used.

Police say the investigation revealed Nordausen has committed the acts all over the Eastern Shore, dating back to last summer.

Tucker says there may be as many as 100 to 150 instances of this across Delmarva and finding affected meters is tough because they look normal from the outside and most reading now happens remotely. He says the co-op isn't going after the people who were conned. 

Officials at Delmarva Power also say they've had customers affected by this scam.

Nordausen is charged with theft by false pretense over $1500, criminal mischief, and tampering with a public utility. He was incarcerated in Sussex Correctional Institute on a secured bond, according to police.

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