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Riverside fires 2 for phony electric meter readings

Two public utility workers have been fired by the city of Riverside for making up phony electric meter readings.

December 11, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Two public utility workers have been fired by the city of Riverside for making up phony electric meter readings.

Public Utilities General Manager David Wright said that an increase in mistaken bills was traced to two meter readers.

Investigators put them under surveillance and found that the workers spent much of their time sitting in their trucks, plugging in phony numbers.

Wright said he couldn't give out names or other personal details because personnel matters are confidential.

Hundreds of customers were affected. The utility says their bills will be automatically corrected next time their meters are read.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.