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Florida Moving Brokerage Sales Representative Sentenced to 3 Years Probation and Ordered to Pay $30,000 in Restitution in Household Goods Extortion Scheme

On November 26, 2008, Matthew D. Sandomir, former sales representative for National Moving Network (NMN), Miami, FL, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, San Jose, CA, to 3 years probation, 6 months home confinement, and ordered to pay $30,000 in restitution and not to contact any of the defendants. The sentencing resulted from a superseding indictment and plea agreement in which Mr. Sandomir pled guilty to theft from an interstate shipment for his role in the fraudulent shipment of household goods scheme. NMN, a company that provided fraudulently low moving estimates to customers partnered with AY Transport, another moving company based in San Jose, CA. NMN lured customers into doing business with them by offering them extremely low moving estimates, and after taking possession of customers’ property, increased the price after AY Transport picked up the customers’ goods. Almost 80 percent of AY Transport’s business came from NMN and in December 2007, 14 defendants, including the owners of AY Transport and NMN, were indicted for conspiracy, wire fraud, extortion, and monetary laundering. Mr. Sandomir agreed to cooperate with the DOT/OIG investigation to avoid a felony conviction.