'Mr. Move' owner sentenced for illegal HHG operation

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A Louisiana owner of a household goods moving company has been sentenced in U.S. District Court after conducting business with a revoked DOT number and no registration for HHG operating authority.

Dunwoodie McDuffie, owner and operator of Mr. Move, was sentenced to six months incarceration, 50 hours of community service and 12 months of supervised released. McDuffie had done business in both interstate and intrastate HHG moving despite being placed out of service in December 2008.

Around May 29, 2007, Mr. Move applied for a U.S. DOT number and HHG operating authority under the name Mr. Mover, Inc., according to court documents. After receiving a DOT number, Mr. Move failed a safety audit that is required within 18 months of receiving a number. Additionally, Mr. Move failed to submit information needed to obtain HHG operating authority. Consequentially, Mr. Move was not granted authority and its DOT number was revoked on Dec. 3, 2008. In result, the company could not conduct business as an interstate HHG carrier.

On May 8, 2012, the Louisiana State Police and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration conducted a compliance review and found Mr. Move in violation of several regulations. The review revealed that Mr. Move had continued to do business regardless of being placed out of service, operating without authority, failing to file a Motor Carrier Identification Report, and using drivers that did not possess a valid operator’s license.

The following August, law enforcement conducted another review and cited the company for much of the same violations from the previous year. Authorities found that Mr. Move had conducted 17 interstate HHG moves without operating authority and a DOT number.

Federal prosecutors charged McDuffie with eight counts of operating without a DOT number and without HHG authority. McDuffie pleaded guilty to all eight counts. The court decided not to hand out a fine due to McDuffie’s inability to pay.

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