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Consent judgment against Chandler moving company

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Posted: Monday, December 20, 2010 1:33 pm

State prosecutors say they’ve obtained an $80,000 consent judgment against a Chandler moving storage company accused of deceiving and defrauding consumers.

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard announced Monday that Allstar Moving & Storage must pay $33,000 restitution to consumers, $37,000 in civil penalties and $10,000 in investigative costs and attorney fees.

Goddard’s office filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against Allstar in May. The suit claimed the company “misrepresented to consumers that they could pay an advertised flat hourly rate for moving services when additional, undisclosed charges rendered the advertising rate false.”

The suit also alleged that Allstar employees demanded additional cash from customers above the original price and threatened to hold their belongings or drive away if they didn’t pay.

A call to Allstar for comment on the judgment wasn’t immediately returned Monday afternoon.

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