Shay Mashiah, an employee of First Class Van Lines, Miami, pleaded
guilty in U.S. District Court in Miami to charges of defrauding
customers by holding their household goods hostage until they paid
additional charges, inflated well above the company’s estimate.
large undercover operation involving The Department of Transportation’s
Office of Inspector General, the FBI and the Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration resulted in the filing of charges in March
against 16 companies and 74 individuals in the Miami area who allegedly
victimized 325 customers.
plea was the first from the 57 individuals who were arrested in
the case. His sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 10.