Household Goods Moving Company Owner Pleads Guilty to Transportation of Stolen Property
On December 3, 2015, Shedrick Giles pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Atlanta, Georgia, to transportation of stolen property related to a household goods (HHG) theft scheme involving multiple companies.
The investigation was based on a referral from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). During the investigation, agents determined Tasheen "Ty" R. Pickett owned and operated J and P Moving, Inc. (J&P), a moving company based in Sumter, South Carolina, that purportedly provided moving services for individuals seeking to ship their HHG, even though J&P never obtained the authority from FMCSA to transport HHG. After acquiring HHG moving jobs, J&P and others dispatched trucks and personnel to various locations, loaded the HHG into moving trucks under the pretense of providing moving services, and never returned the HHG to the rightful owners. In some instances, when an owner of the HHG contacted the movers seeking the return of their HHG, the moving companies would provide excuses for the failure to deliver the HHG or promise delivery at a later date. Ultimately, the HHG were never delivered and multiple victims suffered financial losses as well as the loss of their possessions. Shedrick Giles, owner of Fast Movers, was also identified as a co-conspirator with Pickett doing business as Fast Movers Delivery Service, a moving company using addresses in Georgia and New York. Giles used the same scheme to obtain money and HHG goods from unsuspecting victims.