January 23rd, 2014

Largest Moving Company Fraud Ever?

Covan World-Wide Moving IncIt’s not just individuals who are the victims of fraud by unscrupulous moving companies, it may also be the government. Of course, as with anything to do with government the sums involved are much larger. Federal attorneys allege in court documents that Covan World-Wide Moving Inc. and Coleman American Moving Services Inc., (Covan Carrier Group) lied about how much military shipments weighed to increase its bill to the government since 2009 to $723 million, for relocating military personnel.

Coleman American Moving Services IncGovernment investigators claim a continuing audit has revealed widespread instances of faked and altered weight documents and that the Covan Carrier Group consistently claim shipments weigh around 10% more than they actually do. “Defendants’ false claims scheme has resulted in a substantial loss to the United States and its taxpayers” the government says in court papers. This will come as no surprise to anyone involved in the moving services industry or the many victims of crooked moving companies.

The case is U.S. v. Covan World-Wide Moving Inc. et al., case number 3:12-cv-01144, in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina.

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