grand jury in the Western District of Washington has indicted Nationwide
Moving & Storage and some of its officers and employees on federal
charges of conspiracy, wire fraud and interference with commerce
McKay, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington and
the U.S. Department of Transportation, announced the indictment
Aug. 14. The indictment names Nationwide Moving & Storage (also
known as Northstar Moving & Storage and American Star Moving
& Storage), Erik Deri, Tanya Deri, Yuval Derei, Joe Naham, Michael
Airgood and Kristen Klein.
said the events covered under the indictment occurred between May
2002 and July 2003. Nationwide Moving & Storage was conducting
business during that time from locations in Kirkland and Woodinville,
WA, and most recently did business under the names Northstar Moving
& Storage and American Star Moving & Storage.
to the indictment, Erik Deri and Tanya Deri were the owners, officers
and managers of Nationwide; Joe Naham and Yuval Derei served as
mid-level managers and supervisors for the company; Michael Airgood
worked as a packer and foreman for Nationwide; and Kristen Klein
worked for Nationwide as an office manager and "estimator."
indictment alleges Nationwide conspired to lure customers into doing
business with the company by intentionally offering low moving estimates,
and then inflating the price once the goods were loaded onto the
moving truck. Afterward, the indictment alleges, delivery of the
customers’ goods was withheld until the customers paid the inflated
price to Nationwide.
also allege Nationwide, Erik Deri, Tanya Deri, Joe Naham, Yuval
Derei, Michael Airgood and Kristen Klein used fear of losing their
household goods to get moving customers to pay higher prices.
convicted, those charged in the indictment could face jail terms
of as little as five and as much as 20 years, and fines as high
case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn A. Warma
and is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s
Office of Inspector General.
to reach the company for comment were unsuccessful; three telephone
numbers listed for the company were disconnected.