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Moving company employees charged with fraud, conspiracy

What charges can employees face for participating in fraudulent business practices? Twelve workers are learning the answer to this question after being accused of lying to customers, creating fake reviews and charging customers more than the agreed upon price. This alleged fraud occurred in connection with moving companies that operated in multiple states, including North Carolina.

The workers are accused of lying about key details regarding their business, including the number of years in operation, past reviews and prices. They allegedly provided competitive pricing at first, then increased the cost after loading the truck. This is a violation of federal regulations, which requires a binding estimate to not increase after loading a customer's items.

Further allegations say that the companies would appear to close after receiving customer complaints and then open a new moving company to hide identities, resulting in 17 companies total named in the indictment. They are also accused of using aliases with customers and regulators. Complainants say they have been scammed out of thousands of dollars by the accused moving companies and their workers.

A recently unsealed indictment claims that over 900 people may have been victims of this fraud. Reporting on the matter adds that these activities took place between April 2013 through July 2018. Federal charges in this case include conspiracy, extortion, wire fraud, theft and identification fraud. Individuals who are accused of a crime due to the activities of an employer in North Carolina should speak to a lawyer to understand their defense options at the state or federal level.

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