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Augusta lawyer accuses CMP of fraud

An Augusta attorney says he'll file a new court complaint Wednesday, accusing Central Maine Power of fraud. (WGME)

AUGUSTA (WGME) – An Augusta attorney says he'll file a new court complaint Wednesday, accusing Central Maine Power of fraud.

Attorney Sumner Lipman says since the class action lawsuit was filed last month, he's come across new information.

He says CMP not only overcharged its customers, but gave them fraudulent reasons for their high bills, including kids playing too many video games.

He says he plans to file a new complaint Wednesday, alleging fraud.

According to our phone call and an email, the law firms working on the case claim that instead of acknowledging errors, CMP told customers they were at fault and the power company did nothing wrong.

The attorneys say this was done to hide the real story, that CMP's software program and meters were defective.

The case comes after a record number of customers complained of unusually high bills and unexplained spikes in usage, first exposed by the I-Team in January.

A spokesperson for CMP says: "The company hasn't seen the complaint. CMP would like to review it before making any comment."

CMP has acknowledged some issues with the rollout of its new billing system, involving a small number of customers, but says it hasn't found any systemic issues that would affect bill accuracy.

This new fraud complaint is expected to be filed Wednesday afternoon.

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