State Fines and Shuts Down Nine Moving Companies in Washington

State regulators took action yesterday against 10 moving companies that have been operating without permits in Washington.

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission fined four residential moving companies $5,000 each for operating without permits. The four companies are:

  1. Seattle-based A-1 Movers also operating as Big Movers R Us, Big Donz Moving Service and Big Don Moving Service owned by Donald Adams.
  2. Seattle-based Northwest Moving Services, formerly known as Seattle Moving Services and owned by Larry Heath.
  3. Rain City Services, headquartered in Seattle and owned by Derrick DeJesus.
  4. Integrity Moving and Transport of University Place, owned by Jordan Wood.

These companies failed to appear at a hearing before the commission. If they continue to operate, the commission will seek enforcement through the courts and the Washington State Patrol, the commission said in a statement.

Another five residential moving companies received reduced penalties after agreeing to shut down operations in Washington. The five carriers are:

  1. Ace Movers of Kennewick, owned by Branden Jones.
  2. Seattle-based Affordable and Careful Movers, owned by Shawn Mace.
  3. Bob the Mover, also operating as Accommodating Movers of Seattle, owned by Robert Rindfuss.
  4. Furniture Moving/Fantastic Movers of Seattle, owned by Yukio Haberzettl.
  5. Sequim-based Getter Done Moving, owned by John Glavin.

In these cases, the companies received penalties of $3,000 to $5,000 each, which the commission reduced to $300 to $500 on the condition that the company cease operations and comply with the commission’s written orders.

Another company, A-AAA Rich’s Reliable Movers of Lynnwood, agreed to file an application for a household goods permit and comply with the commission’s rules. The company received a $5,000 penalty for five violations, $4,500 of which was suspended for one year if the company complies with the commission order. Richard Worrell owns the company.

Credit: Rita R. Robison for Seattle PI

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