Three household goods moving companies ordered to pay $828,633

| Monday, January 12, 2004

The Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General announced that five employees of three moving companies — one in Brooklyn, NY, and two in the Miami area — were ordered to pay $828,633 in restitution for their part in conspiracies to extort money from their customers.

Barry Minsky, former owner of Official Moving and Storage of Brooklyn, NY, was ordered by a U.S. District Court judge in Brooklyn Dec. 17 to pay $437,753 in restitution. Minsky pleaded guilty in July 2002 to conspiracy charges.

On Dec. 18, three former employees of Majesty Moving & Storage of Sunrise, FL, were ordered by a U.S. District Court judge in Miami to spend five and one-half years in prison and pay $377,305 in restitution for their role in defrauding household goods customers. The three — Nissim Edri, Shimon Buhdana and Timna Levy — pleaded guilty in August 2003. When Edri completes his prison term, he will be released to immigration officials for possible deportation to Israel.

In a separate but related case, Roee Bugatti, foreman for Southeastern Van Lines of North Miami, FL, was ordered by a U.S. District Court judge in Miami Dec. 30 to spend 10 months in prison and pay $13, 575 in restitution. Bugatti pleaded guilty in September 2003.

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