A Galloway Township moving company has been cited for violating state and federal laws by soliciting intrastate and interstate moving services without the proper licenses, officials said Monday.
The state Office of the Attorney General fined Shamrock Moving & Storage Inc., along with 25 other companies, after an undercover investigation revealed the companies were operating without state licenses required from the Division of Consumer Affairs, the OAG said in a statement.
The undercover investigation, nicknamed “Operation Mother’s Attic,” took place Nov. 19-22. It targeted moving companies who used sites such as Angie’s List, Craigslist and other third-party sites or their own websites to solicit services.
In addition, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration participated in the sting operation to identify movers who were illegally soliciting interstate services.
Shamrock faces $25,000 in federal civil penalties. It could face a $2,500 penalty from the state, but that may be reduced if it applies for state licenses within 30 days.
Other moving services fined in the sting were located in Garfield, East Orange, Orange, Stockholm, Paterson, Wayne, Palisades Park, Westwood, Middlesex, Newark, Kenilworth, Lakewood, Ridgefield, Jersey City, Waldwick, Fort Lee, Parsippany, Marlboro, Rockaway, Brooklyn and Philadelphia.
Consumers who believe they have been cheated or scammed by a business, or suspect any other form of consumer abuse, may file a complaint with the state Division of Consumer Affairs by visiting its website or by calling 800-242-5846.
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