Connecticut pastor charged with stealing $8K in electricity

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Posted: Feb 02, 2017 8:36 AM

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — The pastor of a Connecticut church has been charged with stealing about $8,000 worth of electricity.

The Connecticut Post (http://bit.ly/2k3gYik ) reports that Bishop William Marshall, pastor of City of Life Worship and Deliverance Center in Bridgeport, was charged Wednesday with third-degree larceny.

Marshall, who was released on a promise to appear in court, did not return calls for comment.

Authorities say investigators for United Illuminating Co. had checked a meter at a building where Marshall was operating a barbershop in October. Police say even though power to the barbershop had been disconnected in 2013 for failure to pay a $4,000 bill, it appeared that electricity was still being delivered.

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Investigators say the meter had been illegally reconnected, powering the barbershop but not registering the service on the meter.