Alleged cryptominers plead not guilty to charges of electricity theft

GEORGE TOWN: A businessman and a wireman have claimed trial to six charges each of stealing electricity for bitcoin mining activities.

Ang Ming Kee, 35, and Ung Kwan Meng, 40, pleaded not guilty after the charges were read out to them at three separate Magistrate's Courts here.

They were charged with fraudulently obstructing several electricity meters owned by Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) from recording the actual electricity consumption between June 11 and 12 at six different locations in the north-east district.

Ang and Ung were charged under Subsection 37(3)(c) of the Electricity Supply Act 1990 which was read together with Section 34 of the Penal Code.

If found guilty, the accused could be fined not less than RM1,000 and not more than RM5,000, jailed not exceeding one year, or both.

Magistrate R. Manomani granted bail at RM2,000 each for four charges and fixed case mention on Sept 15.

Magistrate Rosnee Mohd Radzuan granted RM8,000 for each charge and fixed case mention on Sept 15 as well.

Magistrate Jamaliah Abdul Manap granted RM5,000 for each charge and fixed case mention on Aug 25.

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