December 5th, 2013

Moving Company Brokers And Your Deposit

A recent press release from the The U.S. Department of Transportation Office of the Inspector General announced that the owner of Movers USA Denver, Colorado (aka Golden Hand Moving & Storage) has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud for his role in a scheme that defrauded at least 75 people. A sentencing hearing has been set for Jan. 27, 2014 but the original indictment gives plenty of reasons why we recommend that consumers avoid moving company brokers.

Yaron “Roni” Levin routinely doubled quoted estimates after loading. Average increases were in the range of $2,000 to $5,000 although some victims were charged as much as $10,000 over initial estimates. The company set up warehouses to store the customers’ goods until payments at the inflated rates had been received. This kind of scam will be very familiar to regular readers.

The scheme involved two other moving companies, Worldwide Van Lines of Delray Beach, Fla., and Neighbors Van Lines of Pompano Beach, Fla. These companies would advertise discount rates for moving services and presented themselves as carriers. However they were in fact brokers, selling the loads they received to Levin’s company. The brokers kept the deposits from customers as their payment for generating job leads for Levin. Now you know what happens to the deposit that unsuspecting consumers pay to moving company brokers – they keep it.

Movers USA Golden Hand Moving and Storage scam

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