Anti-corruption police investigate electricity extortion
Czech anti-corruption police have accused 32 employees of the ČEZ electricity company of extortion. The group is accused of accusing customers of illegally tapping electricity and then extorting those frightened customers into paying additional fees. If convicted, members of the group face up to 12 years in jail – at present, they have not been detained in custody. The undercover operation was codenamed “Isolator” and looked into crimes committed as far back as 2005. Among the main tactics used to intimidate customers, the group is alleged to have threatened to cut off electricity supplies as well as report those who were being extorted to the police.