In February of 2003, Shai Oren, along with 6 other co-conspirators, was indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit extortion and making a false bill of lading. Investigators believe that Oren 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.
Oren was a foreman and driver for Century Express Van Lines, a Florida-based moving company. As a foreman and driver for Century, Oren drove moving vans and supervised the actual loading and delivery of customers' goods. According to court documents, Between January 2001 and February 2003, Oren's co-conspirators solicited business for Century Express by offering artificially low estimates for moving prices. Once the customers' goods had been loaded, Oren 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.
Oren and his co-conspirators would demand full payment of the inflated price before Century Express 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, Oren and his co-conspirators arranged to warehouse customers' goods and refused to divulge the location of the goods to customers.
Oren was born in Israel and was last known to be residing in Miami, Florida.