In February of 2003, Eddei Benita a/k/a “Eddy”, along with 19 other co-conspirators, was indicted on charges of conspiracy and extortion. Investigators believe that Benita 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.
Benita was a foreman for Advanced Moving Systems, a Florida-based moving company. As a foreman, Benita supervised the actual loading and delivery of customers' goods. According to court documents, Between February 2001 and February 2003, Benita's co-conspirators solicited business for Advanced Moving Systems by offering artificially low estimates for moving prices. Once the customers' goods had been loaded, Benita would inflate the total price of the move by fraudulently claiming that the customers' goods occupied more cubic feet than had been originally estimated and/or by overcharging the customers for packing materials.
Benita 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, Benita and his co-conspirators arranged to warehouse customers' goods and refused to divulge the location of the goods to customers.
Benita was born in Israel and was last known to be residing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.