New York Moving Company Operator and Employees Indicted in Alleged Fraud Scheme
Brooklyn, NY – A New York moving company operator and four employees were indicted earlier this month in an alleged fraud scheme.
According to the the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General (USDOT-OIG), on April 9, 2021, a grand jury in the Eastern District of New York returned a superseding indictment against Yakov Moroz, president of New York, NY-based Great Movers, Inc.
The charges included one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and two counts of false statements.
Also named in the indictment as co-conspirators are employees Paula Jones, Kristy Mak, Kristen Smith, and Andre Prince.
The indictment alleges Moroz and co-conspirators defrauded actual and possible customers by misrepresenting estimated charges for moving services and making customers pay additional fees to receive their goods.
Moroz and co-conspirators also allegedly threatened to sell or auction the customers’ belongings if they did not pay the fees, the USDOT-OIG said.
As part of the alleged scheme, Moroz allegedly used fictitious names and business addresses to obtain motor carrier numbers from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
The USDOT-OIG said it is continuing its investigation into the matter with the help of the FBI.