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Two Individuals Sentenced in Alabama Household Goods Moving Scam

On October 27, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, Sherman Smith was sentenced to time served, 3 years of supervised release, $35,396.50 in restitution, and a $200 special assessment. On October 29,co-conspirator Kenneth Smith was sentenced to time served, 1 year of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

On July 28, Sherman Smith pleaded guilty to two counts of interstate transportation of stolen property, and Kenneth Smith pleaded guilty to misprision of a felony. The Smiths, along with two other defendants, operated under various business names purporting to be household goods movers, but lacked authority under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to engage in the transport of household goods. The defendants, under the pretense of providing authorized interstate moving services, allegedly took possession of their victims' household goods and never delivered them to the rightful owners.

DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.