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New Jersey Household Goods Moving Company Employee Arrested

On November 16, 2018, Farah Al-Ibrahim, a.k.a. Farah Alhomsi, of Bloomfield, New Jersey, was charged via criminal complaint in U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. According to the complaint, Al-Ibrahim played a role in a moving household goods fraud scheme, and she was arrested on November 19, 2018.

Between May 2010 and February 2015, Al-Ibrahim and her co-conspirators allegedly operated multiple companies established to move household goods. The companies “low balled” price estimates, loaded customers’ goods onto trucks, and then raised prices when customers were vulnerable because the goods were no longer in their control. Over a number of years and hundreds of moves, the companies consistently raised their final prices above the federally regulated increase allowed for estimates.

DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

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