Blackmail and Extortion

Moving company employees accused of scamming over 900 customers, including dozens in Maryland

Moving company employees accused of scamming over 900 customers, including dozens in Maryland

A federal grand jury indicted a dozen moving company employees who are accused of scamming more than 900 customers in Maryland and across the United States, the U.S. Department of Justice announced this week.

The Justice Department alleges that the employees, five of whom were arrested Monday, hiked up their prices after moving customers’ items onto trucks and then refused to return the items until customers paid the increased price. In some cases, prosecutors said, the employees stole the customers’ belongings if they refused to pay.

The Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland said it had handled nearly 100 consumer complaints against the various employees. One of the...

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