WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The former owner of several Massachusetts laundromats has been found guilty of stealing more than $200,000 worth of natural gas by tampering with meters.
Steven Bankert, of North Attleborough, was convicted Wednesday of 10 counts of willful injury or interference with a gas meter and six counts of larceny.
Prosecutors say the 60-year-old Bankert, a formerly licensed electrician, manipulated gas meters at six laundromats he owned in Attleboro, Brockton, Lawrence and Worcester between 2008 and 2012. Prosecutors say Bankert stole more than $200,000 from Columbia Gas and NStar.
An investigation began after Columbia Gas filed a complaint.
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Bankert had previously been convicted of stealing water from the Attleboro Water Department in 2008. The conviction was later overturned.