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Three Individuals Indicted in a Texas District Court on Charges Related to Household Goods Scheme


On July 16, 2012, in a Harris County District Court, Houston, Texas, Anthony Fanelli, Andy Bueno and Jovan Balknight were indicted for their involvement in a household goods moving scheme. On various dates between May 2009 and January 2012, Mr. Fanelli, Mr. Bueno and Mr. Balknight engaged in a scheme that entailed luring customers into doing business with various named moving companies established by them. They offered extremely low moving estimates, took possession of customers' household goods, significantly increased the price, and then withheld delivery of their household goods until the customers paid the fraudulently inflated price. In addition, customers were threatened that if they refused to pay the increased price, their household goods would be auctioned off.

This investigation is being conducted jointly with the Houston and Austin Police Departments, with assistance from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and prosecuted by the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

Note:  Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.