after the following secret investigation by CBC Market In a slew of national moving companies accused of deceptive pricing, Toronto police have arrested two prominent individuals and charged them with a number of criminal offenses.
The allegations come after a raid on Friday, as two owners arrived at the Scarborough address where the moving companies are based. Within moments, a large police presence descended on the premises, confiscating company assets and recovering customers’ belongings, including family heirlooms and the ashes of at least one dead person kept by the movers.
A police press release alleges that customers were “provided with a low-cost contract to carry their luggage,” but once the goods were loaded onto the truck, “male customers demanding more money were found.” Will contact.”
Customers who wanted their goods “in the thousands of dollars” would often “be forced to pay inflated prices”.
Friends and business partners Semal Ozturk and Dogan Selik, both 30, are charged up With four counts of fraud, mischief, possession of property obtained by offense and conspiracy to commit false pretense as well as prosecutable offence.
Ozturk and Selic were detained for at least 72 hours until a bail hearing on Monday. None of the charges have been proved in court.
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in an email description at the time of Market Investigating, Selik said that his companies value customers and treat them with respect, and that his companies are “completely reviewing all of our operations and processes to ensure that companies live up to these important company values.” are following.”
Ozturk could not be reached for comment at the time, despite multiple attempts by phone, registered mail, email and social media. Market investigation. The CBC has been unable to identify Ozturk and Selick’s attorney.
Customers forced to pay inflated prices
What parallels the findings of the police investigation? Market The producers heard from customers, including during a hidden camera segment with one of the companies involving the two men.
a Market The manufacturer posing as a customer was told that the price of his move would be much higher than what was originally quoted. This undercover maker came to know only when the movers left with his belongings.
Police say Ozturk and Selik operated a range of moving companies offering services across Canada, changing names often accumulating poor reviews. Their businesses include O’Canada Movers, Roadway Moving and Storage Inc., Safebound Moving and Storage Inc., Canadian Principal Movers, All You Can Move, Right on Track Moving, New Vision Moving, Greenway Moving and 12282569 Canada Inc.
It is alleged that the customers who were unable to pay the inflated price, had kept their goods in an undisclosed godown on which storage charges were levied.
“It’s definitely a scam of the season,” Canadian Association of Movers (CAM) president Nancy Irwin said in the spring. His organization receives complaints from the public about moving companies and various kinds of alleged scams.
Irwin said CAM has received several complaints related to the family of companies Market investigation.
These companies are not affiliated with its association, which has a rigorous certification process. Actually, CAM had issued a warning about companies on its own. Consumer Alert page in June 2021.
The association is working with police to return or store items held by businesses after police raids.
Other moving companies offer trucks to save on luggage
During the raid on Friday, police seized computers and other equipment while some officers went to a neighboring warehouse where customers’ belongings were being kept.
Rocco Scocco, an attorney for several clients of the affected moving companies, said the raids were a “first step”. He also said that other law enforcement agencies should intensify investigations into moving companies that lure customers with budget prices and then switch at very high costs once the goods are done.
Over the weekend, families and moving trucks arrive at the warehouse to collect their boxes and furniture. Some trucks and crew were donated free of charge by other moving companies. In many cases, customers hadn’t seen their luggage in months – not because a moving truck had come to pick them up.
The police also removed the luxury Volvo SUV and Range Rover belonging to the business.
Several civil lawsuits against Ozturk and Selik are expected to be initiated by former clients.
Toronto Police believe there are other customers who have been victims of this, and urge them to contact the police as the investigation continues.