Cuadra was convicted of tampering with numerous business and residential electric meters to "fix" them so monthly usage would be reduced. He says the electric customers paid him for the "fix."
Compare Cuadra's plight to West Virginia's recent meter scandal, where FirstEnergy subsidiaries Mon Power and Potomac Edison were found by the Public Service Commission to have failed to read customer electric meters bi-monthly as required. This resulted in consecutive estimated bills where monthly usage would be reduced, only to show up on an actual read bill months later that amounted to thousands of dollars.
What was FirstEnergy's sentence? A $7.5M yearly rate increase to pay for monthly meter readings.
I think it must have all been in the technique employed to commit the act, since both seem to be the result of corrupt organizations and conspiracy.
But, don't call Marcelino, there are safer ways to save energy.