On February 9, 2011, the District Attorney’s Office for Santa Clara County, California filed a felony complaint charging Edan Elbaz and other individuals with conspiracy and grand theft. Investigators believe that Elbaz and his co-conspirators illegally operated a moving service under several different fictitious business names.
Elbaz filed documents with the Santa Clara County Recorder’s Office, California to operate as Atlas Van Lines, Atlas World Wide Inc., Marten Transport, and Marten Movers. According to court documents, between April 2009 and January 2011, Elbaz and his co-conspirators solicited business for Atlas Van Lines, Atlas World Wide Inc., Marten Transport, and Marten Movers, with the intention of defrauding their customers. Elbaz and his co-conspirators provided estimates and accepted money from numerous consumers for moving services, when they had no operating authority to conduct household goods moving services from the California Public Utilities Commission.
In September 2010, Elbaz and his co-conspirators attempted to unlawfully take money from a customer related to a household move. They were unaware that this move was actually an undercover sting operation and that an undercover law enforcement officer was posing as the customer.
Elbaz was born in Israel and was last known to be residing in Santa Clara, California.