In February of 2003, Sivan Maoz, a/k/a “Steven”, along with 17 other co-conspirators, was indicted on charges of conspiracy, extortion and making a false bill of lading. Investigators believe that Maoz 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.
Maoz was a foreman for Majesty Moving & Storage, Inc., a Florida-based moving company. Apollo Van Lines, Inc., First Class Moving, Inc., and Star Movers Express, Inc. were also moving companies based in Florida that received business from Majesty Moving. As a foreman for Majesty Moving, Maoz supervised the actual loading and delivery of customers' goods. According to court documents, Between July 2000 and February 2003, Maoz's co-conspirators solicited business for Majesty Moving by offering artificially low estimates for moving prices. Once the customers' goods had been loaded, Maoz would inflate the total price of the move by fraudulently claiming that the customers' goods occupied more cubic feet than had been originally estimated and/or by overcharging the customers for packing materials.
Maoz and his co-conspirators would demand full payment of the inflated price before Majesty Moving & Storage 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, Maoz and his co-conspirators arranged to warehouse customers' goods and refused to divulge the location of the goods to customers.
Maoz was born in Israel and was last known to be residing in Plantation, Florida.