NJ woman hit with $4k electric bill caused by wrong meter

Elise Czajkowski
December 03, 2019 - 4:44 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A New Jersey woman was hit with a nearly $4,000 electric bill after the electric company discovered she had been charged for the wrong electric meter for decades, according to NJ.com

Alyse Liebowitz of Holmdel had been paying between $30 and $60 per month for electricity in her condo for the past 23 years. After her neighbor passed away in 2018, his daughter, Jane Gentile, discovered that his electric bill of $70 to $100 per month kept coming, even when the apartment was mostly unused, she told NJ.com.

The electric company, JCP&L, discovered that the meters between the two apartments had been switched when they were installed.

In October, Liebowitz tells NJ.com that she received a letter from JCP&L saying she would be billed for an adjusted account balance. Two weeks later, the company charged $3991.99 to her credit card. 

Liebowitz appealed the decision to the Board of Public Utilites, but was told that she owed the money. She has since filed a formal complaint. 

Gentile said that despite Liebowitz being charged, she has not yet recieved a refund for her father's overcharges. 

The Board of Public Utlities says that customers of a utility have the right to have their meter tested for free once a year. 

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