NEWARK - Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman and the New Jersey Division of
Consumer Affairs are citing 26 unlicensed moving companies with violating state law, and
assessing civil penalties of $2,500 each, as the result of an undercover sting operation.
In addition, two of the companies face additional civil penalties of $25,000 from the Federal
Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which participated in the State-led sting
Operation Mother’s Attic, led by the State Division of Consumer Affairs, focused on moving
companies that solicited intrastate moves - from point to point within New Jersey - without a
State license, in violation of New Jersey law. The 26 companies were cited by the State for this
reason. FMCSA filed its additional penalties against two of the movers because FMCSA
alleged they performed interstate moves - crossing state lines - without having the Federal
operating authority necessary to perform interstate transportation in violation of Federal
Horror stories about predatory movers are all too common. By its very nature, the moving
industry touches the lives of consumer when they are vulnerable and when they must rely on
strangers to transport their valued possessions, Acting Attorney General Hoffman said. These
situations create the potential for abuse. We are enforcing New Jersey’s licensing laws in order
to protect consumers and, just as importantly, to ensure a level playing field for New Jersey’s
many honest and licensed moving companies.
The sting operation took place from November 19 through 22. In the preceding days, State
Consumer Affairs investigators posed as consumers seeking to make an ordinary household
move. The investigators booked appointments with suspected unlicensed movers who solicited
work with online listings.