September 8, 2020
New Jersey Man Ordered to Pay Restitution for Household Goods Moving Fraud
On September 8, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey order Rami Zubidat to pay restitution in the amount of $75,193.
The investigation revealed that Zubidat and his co-conspirators controlled and operated a number of New Jersey-based moving companies. Although the companies were established as separate legal entities, they shared bank accounts, post office boxes, employees, and an office space. Customers were quoted “low ball” price estimates for moving household goods. Then—once the goods were loaded on the trucks—the prices were raised, putting the customers in vulnerable positions. Between 2013 and 2015, these companies handled hundreds of moves, increasing their final prices above the amount allowed by Federal regulations.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.