Part of the permit process will be an inspection. The inspector will quickly figure out what happened and has every reason not to allow a re-connect, and would kind of be up against the wall as it is the law that he must enforce, not logic or good will.So the township calls up the owner of the property to verify they hired the contractor named on the permit application?
Also, not just any EC can do work in our township. They must be registered before they can even get a permit application. I don't know of any EC that would risk his registration by cheating the local system to swap that box.