Waco man sentenced for stealing more than $110k of electricity

Posted at 11:39 PM, Jul 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-03 00:39:36-04

A Waco man was sentenced Thursday to 37 months in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $110,000 in restitution to TXU Energy for using stolen social security numbers to set up fraudulent utility accounts.

Christopher Scott Gant, 58, pled guilty to one count of wire fraud in February.

According to court documents, in 2012 and 2013 Gant used more than 200 stolen IDs to set up more than 600 new fraudulent accounts.  TXU's policy was to give electricity account holders a grace period to remedy delinquent payments before disconnecting power.  

Before that grace period ended, Gant would call TXU customer service centers outside Texas to set up the bogus accounts.  

Residents would get electricity without paying TXU, but would instead pay a lesser fee to Gant to execute the scheme.  

He must report to the Bureau of Prisons August 18, 2015.