What To Do When The Sheriff and Utility Company Illegally
Steven Magee had to call the Sheriff to his home due to a suspected utility company impostor who was
refusing to show his Tucson Electric Power (TEP) customer service identification card. Steven Magee
is an electrical fraud researcher and realized that his health, safety and reputation was at risk in the
presence of a suspected impostor who had shown up to his home unannounced. Steven Magee had
called 911 to be protected from this suspected impostor due to his fears. Instead the Sheriff engaged in
the harassment of Steven Magee by illegally disconnecting his electricity for eleven nights. Steven
Magee had to place two 911 calls reporting ongoing harassment after unsuccessfully trying to get his
electricity reconnected on four occasions. The second 911 call resulted in the Sheriff escorting the
utility company to his home and reconnecting the electricity. Steven Magee is a Chartered Electrical
Engineer and author of Electrical Forensics.
When interacting by your utility company and law enforcement, do should do the following:
1. Video record everything, including phone calls. They will blatantly deny much that is not video
recorded. It is preferable to use high definition (HD) video with fully charged batteries and
large 64 GB memory cards. It is completely legal to video record in public places in the State
of Arizona and you do not need permission from anyone. Check the recording laws in your
state here: http://www.rcfp.org/reporters-recording-guide/
2. Upload your video to the internet using free services such as YouTube: http://www.youtube.com.
Law breakers do not like publicity. Break your video up into smaller videos with a variety of
distinctly different titles, as many smaller videos will be seen by more people than one large
3. Only communicate on email where possible. You will need everything in writing for your
records. Make sure your emails include the following statement “This email and all replies are
for public viewing and for publication to the internet”.
4. Exercise your legal right to silence with law enforcement. Many law enforcement agencies will
interrogate you until they have enough information to protect the utility company. That
interrogation may be extensive. Shut it down at the earliest opportunity by clearly stating “I am
now exercising my legal right to silence”. Repeat it when necessary.
5. Start a website and publish your story to it. Free websites are available from Weebly:
6. Use social media to get your story out to the world. Use Facebook: http://www.facebook.com,
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ and so on.
7. Know the Law. Your utility has a government regulator and they have to abide by government
laws. In the State of Arizona their regulator is the Arizona Corporation Comission (ACC) and
their laws are the State Of Arizona Administrative Code.
8. File complaints to as many organizations as you can. In the State of Arizona this would be the
Arizona Corporation Comission (ACC), Better Business Bureau (BBB), Arizona Attorney
General, and to the Pima County Sheriff. Multiple complaints have more chance of success
than complaining to a single agency.