Moving company owner handed $400,000 fine, prison time for theft

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | Wednesday, January 20, 2016

After pleading guilty in October for his role in a household goods theft plot, Tasheen Pickett has been sentenced to 48 months in prison and three years of supervised release. He is also ordered to pay more than $400,000 in restitution, court documents reveal.

Pickett, the owner of South Carolina-based J&P Moving, conspired with Shedrick Giles, owner of Fast Movers Delivery, to steal the property of customers who hired the men to move their household goods. Once Giles or Pickett picked up the household goods, they never returned the property to the rightful owner, according to federal documents.

Neither Giles nor Pickett was authorized by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to transport household goods.

In some instances, Pickett and Giles would demand payments for their services up front. The two men also demanded payments for storage fees after picking up the household goods without delivering them to the owner.

Owners of the undelivered household goods attempted to call the moving company responsible for the theft. In those situations, Pickett or Giles provided excuses and assured the customer that their property would be delivered at a later date. Those deliveries were never made.

Seven victims were identified in the indictment. The locations of victims ranged from Texas to New York.

According to a U.S. Attorney’s Office press release, an investigation was launched after a criminal complaint was filed in July 2014 in Amarillo, Texas. In September 2014, investigators discovered a storage unit in Georgia filled with property of approximately 14 individuals. A second storage unit revealed more property that was allegedly stolen.

On Dec. 3, Giles pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transportation of stolen property. Giles faces up to 10 years in prison, fines up to $250,000, and full restitution to all victims. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 17. Giles was indicted on six other charges, including conspiracy and possession of stolen property.

A press release from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General notes that of the 34 victims identified during its investigation, 20 have been reunited with the majority of their possessions.

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