Former Office Manager of Northern California Moving Company Sentenced for Household Goods Moving Fraud
On August 6, 2015, Moaz Kadesh, former foreman and office manager for ASAP Relocations, Inc. (ASAP), San Jose, California, was sentenced in Superior Court, Santa Clara County, California, related to a household goods moving (HHG) fraud scheme. He was sentenced to 5 years probation and ordered to pay $160,000 in restitution. He previously entered a plea of no contest to insurance fraud in July.
In March 2013, a grand jury in Santa Clara County, California, charged Kadesh and seven other ASAP officials with conspiracy to commit grand theft, extortion, money laundering, tax fraud, and insurance fraud. The charges were related to a scheme to defraud customers who had hired ASAP to move their household goods. Kadesh admitted that he falsely certified insurance reports and under-reported ASAP’s insurance premiums and payroll taxes. In July 2014, Wayne Allen, ASAP Sales Manager, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to perform 300 hours of community service and ordered to pay $4,200 in restitution. In August 2014, Adalinda Reyna-Mendoza, ASAP Customer Service and Dispatch Manager, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 6 months incarceration and ordered to pay restitution to victims totaling over $200,000.
The five remaining defendants are currently fugitives and are believed to have fled to Israel: Roni Hayon, ASAP owner and Chief Executive Officer; Adii Therese Karter, Hayon’s wife; Elazar Nisanov, ASAP Foreman; Ido OR, ASAP Foreman and Office Manager; and Noam Israeli, ASAP Foreman and Office Manager.
We are conducting this investigation with the District Attorney’s Offices from Santa Clara, Monterey, and Alameda Counties, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.