HERE IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF WHY YOU MUST DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE HIRING A MOVER. Check out this article from the federal Office of Inspector General:
On May 9, 2014, Mr. Yaron Roni Levin, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Denver, Colorado, to serve 33 months confinement, 36 months supervised release and to pay restitution in the amount of $92,161.51 to 19 victims of household goods moving fraud. Mr. Levin was also ordered to have no involvement with household goods moving businesses for the time he is incarcerated and on supervised release.
Mr. Levin, the owner of Movers USA/Golden Hand Movers, admitted to luring customers with extremely low moving estimates and then fraudulently inflating the price of transportation. When customers refused, or were unable to pay, Levin refused delivery and often threatened to auction their household goods until the inflated price was paid.
Mr. Levin routinely doubled quoted estimates for an average increase of $2,000 to $5,000, although some victims were charged as much as $10,000 over the initial estimates.
This investigation was part of OIG’s “Operation Boxed Up”, which is a national investigative initiative to locate, identify, and prosecute interstate household goods movers who are defrauding consumers.
The OIG investigated this case with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.