February 17, 2023
Owner-Operator of New York Moving Companies Sentenced for Fraud
On February 17, 2023, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York sentenced Michael Nadel to 18 months of incarceration, 2 years of supervised release, $168,156 in criminal forfeiture, $119,563 in restitution to fraud victims, and a $100 special assessment.
In June 2021, Michael and co-conspirator Yarin Nadel—owner-operators of State to State Moving NY, Inc. and Direct Van Lines Services, Inc., among other moving companies (collectively, the “affiliated moving companies”)—pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. As outlined in the October 2019 indictment, the Nadels conspired to defraud customers of the affiliated moving companies by misrepresenting the estimated charges for their moving services. They then required customers to pay additional fees and refused to return or threatened to sell the customers' belongings if the fees were not paid. As part of the scheme, they registered various corporate entities with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, often using fictitious names and business addresses.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).