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Councilman fined for trying to use neighbor's power

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Posted: Dec 11, 2013 11:43 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Tim Vessel, Gonzales, councilman, power theft

GONZALES- A city councilman will have to pay a fine or spend a limited amount of time after he was found guilty in connection with a theft of electricity case.

Timothy Vessel was accused of using his neighbor's utilities to power his property while rebuilding from a fire. In January, he was cited after running an extension cord from a vacant trailer to his house next door without permission.

The case against him began shortly after he was sworn into office.

But Wednesday, a judge ruled Vessel didn't steal the power, he only attempted to.

The verdict comes with a $100 fine or 30 days in jail.
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