April 9, 2021
New York Moving Company Operator and Employees Indicted for Wire Fraud and False Statements
On April 9, 2021, a grand jury in the Eastern District of New York returned a superseding indictment against Yakov Moroz, president of Great Movers, Inc., and employees Paula Jones, Kristy Mak, Kristen Smith, and Andre Prince. The charges included one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and two counts of false statements. The indictment alleges Moroz and co-conspirators defrauded actual and possible customers by misrepresenting estimated charges for moving services and making customers pay additional fees to receive their goods. Moroz and co-conspirators also allegedly threatened to sell or auction the customers’ belongings if they did not pay the fees. As part of the scheme, Moroz allegedly used fictitious names and business addresses to obtain motor carrier numbers from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Such practices violate Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with the FBI.
Note: Indictments, informations, and complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.