By ESPN.com/PBF March 15, 2019 11:05:06 WILLIAMSON, Tenn.
(AP) A man convicted of trying to sell electricity from a solar panel farm in western Tennessee told investigators he was a vampire and would do anything to bring down the company he had purchased, according to a criminal complaint.
Dennis O’Connell, 60, was arrested in November in the rural community of Williamson County on charges he made false statements to a utility commission investigating whether his company, Big Dicks Energy Inc., had been defrauding consumers.
The investigation came after a series of complaints from Tennessee residents that the company had been using electricity that was not connected to the grid.
The complaint said O’Connor, a former electrician and electrician-contractor, had lied to the commission about the source of the solar panels that were being used.
O’Conner told investigators that the solar panel company was located in Nashville, where he had been living since 1991, and that the utility had paid for the panels and that he had paid an undisclosed amount of money to install the panels.
O’Connell was charged with one count of felony grand theft.
He is being held on $75,000 bond and will be arraigned Thursday.
In a statement, Big O’Ceys Energy said it was shocked and saddened by the news and would fully cooperate with authorities.