In February of 2003, Choni Aloul a/k/a “Sean”, along with 19 other co-conspirators, was indicted on charges of conspiracy, extortion and making a false bill of lading. Investigators believe that Aloul and his co‐conspirators lured numerous customers with artificially low moving estimates, and then extorted them by holding their household goods hostage until they paid fraudulently inflated prices.
Aloul was a foreman for Advanced Moving Systems, a Florida-based moving company. As a foreman, Aloul supervised the actual loading and delivery of customers' goods. According to court documents, Between February 2001 and February 2003, Aloul's co-conspirators solicited business for Advanced Moving Systems by offering artificially low estimates for moving prices. Once the customers' goods had been loaded, Aloul and his co-conspirators would inflate the total price of the move by claiming that the customers' goods occupied more cubic feet than had been originally estimated by Advanced Moving Systems and/or by overcharging the customers for packing materials.
Aloul and his co-conspirators would demand full payment of the inflated price before Advanced Moving Systems would deliver their goods. He ignored customers' repeated complaints about the inflated price and/or lied to the customers about the delivery of their goods, often using false names when dealing with customers over the telephone and in writing. When customers refused to pay the inflated price, Aloul and his co-conspirators arranged to warehouse customers' goods and refused to divulge the location of the goods to customers.
Aloul was born in Israel and was last known to be residing in Hollywood, Florida.