Utility Bill Complaint Goes Nuclear

November 2, 2012

Homer Simpson

Homer Simpson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I've been there. You've been there. Fact is, we've all been there. You get a bill from a utility and it sends you through the ceiling.  To add insult to injury, you ever try getting some human being on the telephone to listen to your complaint?  Yeah, good luck with that.

All of which brings us - sort of - to William Dugas, 48, Gretna, LA who was angry about his utility bill.  Of course there's angry and then there's very angry and then there's thermonuclear rage.  Let's say that Dugas fell into that last category.

On November 1, 2012, Dugas was indicted on two counts by a federal grand jury for threatening to destroy a nuclear reactor. Dugas, who was arrested in October, telephoned the Louisiana Public Service Commission on October 10th and 11th to complain about his bill. Unfortunately, Dugas seems to have gone to the extreme of threatening to the PSC his desire to blow up a nuclear reactor.

Oooooooookay. Like, you know, in this day and age, the authorities don't take kindly to such threats. Homer Simpson may get away with it at his nuclear plant in a cartoon, but it's not gonna happen in the real world. If convicted, Dugas faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years, a fine of $250,000, and three years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

NOTE: An Indictment merely contains allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Still - a complaint about an electric bill turns into a federal case?  Wow!