Mover sentenced for shipping extortion

Prison plus $7,300 to DOT

Posted September 24, 2015

On September 9, 2015, a man from Raleigh, North Carolina, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to time served of ten days in prison, six months home confinement, and 36 months of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay restitution of $7,300 to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Previously, in November 2014, the man pleaded guilty to extortion and conspiracy for his role in a scheme to extort money from a private consumer who was moving from San Francisco to Philadelphia. The man admitted that between November and December 2012, he conspired with his co-defendant to extort money from the victim by demanding money that exceeded the consumers' contractual obligation. Further, the two men threatened to withhold delivery of the household goods unless the victim met their demands.

The investigation revealed that the defendants conspired and demanded $9,000 from the consumer, which was in excess of the remaining $1,467 on the contract. After the money was deposited into the man’s bank account, most of the household goods were released to the consumer, who waited in excess of three months to receive their belongings.

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