December 17th, 2014

Moving Company Owner Fined $60,000

The Snohomish County Superior Court, WA has ordered moving company owner Carl J. Washington to close his illegal household goods moving business and pay a $60,000 penalty. The state Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) filed a petition for civil enforcement of a UTC order against him after finding that he repeatedly violated the terms of earlier UTC orders against him.

Under the judgment entered by the Court, Washington, who does business under the names Jay’s Moving Company & Cleaning Service, Jeffrey’s Moving Company, and Jack’s Moving Company, may not engage in business as an in-state residential mover without a permit issued by the UTC. The company is prohibited from transporting residential goods or offering and advertising moving services. The court also ordered Washington to pay a civil penalty of $60,000 for violations of a UTC cease and desist order, and pay attorneys’ fees and costs.

In May 2012, following a UTC staff investigation, the commission found that Washington operated a residential moving company without a permit, in violation of law. At a UTC hearing, Washington admitted to the violations and agreed to cease operations unless he acquired a permit. Washington later paid a fine of $500 — reduced from $5,000 on the condition that he complied with the agreement.

In October, 2012, UTC staff discovered Washington was still engaged in the moving business without the required permit, and ordered him to pay the remaining $4,500 fine.

UTC staff subsequently investigated a complaint by a customer that his belongings had been damaged during a move by “Jay’s Moving Co.” The investigation revealed Washington was continuing to offer moving services to customers and advertising moving services online, in violation of the cease and desist order. At that point, the UTC took Washington to Superior Court.

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