AMMAN — The Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC) on Tuesday said it dealt with 736 cases of electricity theft in July. Chief Commissioner Farouq Hiyari said 452 cases were recorded in the central region, which includes Amman, Zarqa, Balqa and Madaba and is supplied by the Jordanian Electric Power Company (JEPCO).

Hiyari said 172 thefts were recorded in the northern region –– supplied by Irbid District Electricity Company — while 112 thefts were uncovered in the southern region. Any person involved in stealing electricity faces between six months and two years in prison, a fine of no less than JD2,000 and no more than JD10,000, or both penalties.