Man receives $24k gas bill

A CUSTOMER has been forced to fight a gas bill of more than $24,000 caused by a malfunctioning meter.

The man's retailer initially wanted him to cough up the huge amount, insisting it was correct.

But an investigation ordered by Victoria's energy ombudsman revealed a fault recorded use 11 times more than actual consumption over several months.

The bill was adjusted down from more than $24,133 to $2832, and his gas distributor paid $400 for the "inconvenience".

The massive bungle is revealed in an Energy and Water Ombudsman Victoria report.

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