Owner of moving company sentenced to one year in prison for theft scheme

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | Wednesday, March 09, 2016

The owner of a moving company with addresses in both Georgia and New York has been sentenced to serve one year in prison, perform 40 hours of community service, and pay $144,007 in restitution for his role in a scheme that involved stealing household goods from customers.

Shedrick Giles, owner of Fast Movers Delivery, conspired with Tasheen Pickett, the owner of South Carolina-based J&P Moving, 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 the 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 faced up to 10 years in prison, fines up to $250,000, and full restitution to all victims. Giles was indicted on six other charges, including conspiracy and possession of stolen property.

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