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Sting snares 'rogue' movers
Operation busted in Polo Fields
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Forsyth County News

 

As part of a new crackdown, the Georgia Public Service Commission disrupted what it described as a "rogue" moving operation Friday morning in a Forsyth County neighborhood.

According to a news release, a company called "Let's Move It" was caught in the first of what could be many joint stings involving the PSC and state Department of Public Safety.

Each member of the four person moving crew, as well as the company's owner, faces charges.

And at least two of the workers were arrested on outstanding criminal warrants, according to the PSC.

The incident occurred about 10:30 a.m. Friday as the movers reportedly began loading household goods into a rented cargo truck in the Polo Fields subdivision.

According to the release, state law and PSC rules require all household movers operating in Georgia to register with the commission. "Let's Move It" is not.

In addition, the movers must provide liability insurance, medical certificates for all drivers and keep their rates within the confines of commission-approved tariffs.

After stopping them, state public safety officers arrested two of the movers after discovering they had outstanding criminal warrants. Their names were not released.

Authorities cited the driver of the vehicle for failure to have a medical certificate, and a fourth employee for having a fraudulent identification card, the PSC said.

The company owner, who was summoned to scene, was cited with failing to register the company with the commission.

The man, whose name was not released, could face a possible $1,000 fine and up to 12 months in jail for criminal citations.

In addition, the PSC said it could levy up to $5,000 in fines for civil charges.

The family who hired the movers reportedly had to unload all their possessions from the truck following the incident.

In a statement, PSC Commissioner Tim Echols reminded residents they should not "hire movers not registered" with the commission.

"As the case proves, you not only put your worldly possession at risk by using a rogue mover, but you put your family's safety at risk by exposing them to the criminal elements thumbing their nose at the law," he said.

Echols added that customers should always check the PSC Web site, www.psc.state.ga.us, before hiring a moving company.