September 4, 2020
North Carolina Man Convicted and Sentenced for His Role in a Moving Company Racketeering Conspiracy
On September 4, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio convicted and sentenced Roman Iakovlev to 41 months of incarceration, 3 years of supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and $2.4 million of restitution. On the same date, Iakovlev pleaded guilty to one count of participating in a racketeering conspiracy related to a moving company enterprise. According to the investigation, Iakovlev and other members of the enterprise controlled several moving companies—which defrauded, extorted, and stole customers’ household goods. They loaded a customer’s goods onto a truck, then increased the price of the move and held the goods hostage until the customer paid the inflated prices. The enterprise also charged customers for moving more cubic feet of household goods than was actually loaded on trucks and did not deliver some household goods at all.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.