Enemalta employees involved in the smart meter tampering racket were charging an average of €1,200 per job in residences and thousands more in commercial establishments, according to sources close to the investigation.

Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi said on Tuesday that as many as 1,000 meters were tampered. They were slowed down to record only 20% of consumption.

Eight Enemalta workers have been suspended and some of them are expected to be taken to court today, while the investigation is continuing. The investigation is focused both on staff and on the owners of the properties where the tampered meters were installed.

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