Furniture company forced to pay nearly $300k over defunct sister store’s gas theft
BALTIMORE – The Maryland Public Service Commission forces Regency Furniture of Brandywine to pay nearly $ 300,000 after an investigation found its now-defunct sister store in Upper Marlboro has been stealing gas services for a decade.
In January 2007, the Washington Gas Light Company announced that they had not received payment, which required them to turn off the gas and remove a meter from the store that used to operate on 990 Largo Center Drive.
The company later said it discovered a new unauthorized system installed on the site that illegally restored the gas.
This apparently lasted until December 2017 when Washington Gas decided to remove all associated piping that was attached to the site.
They say the services stolen during that period were worth over $ 290,000 in gasoline.
At this point, the Largo store had already closed, so the bill went to Regency Furniture of Brandywine instead.
They argued that the stores were two different business units and that the bill was not their responsibility.
Regency also cited the statute of limitations.
They were eventually overridden by the Commission’s Consumer Affairs Department and a public utility judge who felt differently.
Regency appealed again to the commission, which upheld the original decision on Monday.