In February of 2003, Zion Rokah a/k/a “Jonathan Rokah” and “Jonathan Balucci”, along with 19 other co-conspirators, was indicted on charges of conspiracy, extortion, mail fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and making a false bill of lading. Investigators believe that Rokah 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.
Rokah was the owner and president of Advanced Moving Systems, a Florida-based moving company. As owner and president of Advanced Moving, Rokah ran the day-to-day operations of the company. According to court documents, Between February 2001 and February 2003, Rokah solicited business for Advanced Moving Systems by offering artificially low estimates for moving prices. Rokah supervised loading foremen who typically rushed customers through paperwork, causing them to sign blank or incomplete documents. Once the customers' goods had been loaded, Rokah and his co-conspirators would inflate the total price of the move by claiming that the customers' goods occupied more cubic feet than had been originally estimated by Advanced Moving Systems and/or by overcharging the customers for packing materials.
Rokah and his co-conspirators would demand full payment of the inflated price before Advanced Moving Systems 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, Rokah and his co-conspirators arranged to warehouse customers' goods, threatened to sell their goods, and refused to divulge the location of the goods to customers.
Rokah was born in Israel and was last known to be residing in Sunrise, Florida.