State: Edmonds mover threatened customer, held belongings hostage

State: Edmonds mover threatened customer, held belongings hostage

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State: Edmonds mover threatened customer, held belongings hostage

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by TRAVIS PITTMAN / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 20, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 20 at 10:47 AM

The state has ordered an Edmonds-based residential moving company to shut down after the owner, who has a long criminal history, allegedly threatened a customer and held her belongings hostage.

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission said in a press release it suspended the temporary permit of “Jay The Mover.” The commission also fined owner Jason Thomas Smith $2,000.

Smith is accused of holding a customer’s belongings, demanding an unlawful sum of money above the estimate and threatening the customer.

After a background check conducted during the investigation, the commission said it found Smith had 15 prior criminal convictions which he did not disclose on his permit application. Smith would have been denied a permit had he disclosed those convictions, the commission said.

The commission said it believes Smith poses an imminent danger to public safety. The case has been forwarded to the Seattle Police Department.

Smith can appeal the commission’s decision.
 

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