In July of 2003, Edmond Ben-Ami, along with 6 other co-conspirators, was indicted on charges of conspiracy, extortion, mail fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Investigators believe that Ben-Ami and his co‐conspirators lured numerous customers with artificially low moving estimates, and then extorted them by holding their household goods hostage until they paid fraudulently inflated prices.
Ben-Ami was a co-owner of All Points USA Relocation Systems, a Florida-based moving company. As a co-owner of All Points USA, Ben-Ami ran the day-to-day operations of the company. According to Court documents, Between February 1999 and March 2003, Ben-Ami and his co-conspirators solicited business for All Points USA by offering artificially low estimates for moving prices. Ben-Ami supervised loading foremen who pressured the All Points USA customers to sign blank and incomplete bills of lading and other documents, and failed to inform the customers of the total price of the move. Once the customers' goods had been loaded, Ben-Ami and his co-conspirators would inflate the total price of the move by fraudulently claiming that the customers' goods weighed more than had been originally estimated and then created false weight tickets to back up the scam.
Ben-Ami and his co-conspirators would demand full payment of the inflated price before All Points USA would deliver their goods. He ignored customers' repeated complaints about the inflated price and/or lied to the customers about the delivery of their goods, often using false names when dealing with customers over the telephone and in writing. When customers refused to pay the inflated price, Ben-Ami and his co-conspirators arranged to warehouse customers' goods and refused to divulge the location of the goods to customers.
Ben-Ami was born in Israel and was last known to be residing in Hollywood, Florida.