Three men sentenced to jail over solar power fraud

A court in Brno on Friday handed out prison sentences to three men for attempted fraud over the licencing of a solar power plant. The court said the owner of the plant in Držovice, south Moravia, applied for a licence in 2010 to get a higher purchase price for electricity despite the fact no solar panels were installed at the time. Higher purchase prices were only granted to plants installed before the end of that year. The plant’s owner was sentenced to 6.5 years in jail while another man, who supplied fake documents, landed a seven-year sentence. The court also sentenced an employee of the plan to 5.5 years in jail for his role in the attempted fraud.