38 complaints against Broward mover ‘under active review,’ Florida attorney general says

By | February 23, 2024

A Fort Lauderdale-based operator who moves companies across the state, who has two civil judgments and several screens of assessments showing him to be a racketeering fraudster, may now have another legal problem: Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody.

That’s in addition to other legal developments involving Shawn Thompson, a Boca Raton homeowner who operates moving companies out of Fort Lauderdale, Vero Beach and Orlando.

Civil cases in Miami-Dade County and Orange County, Reddit thread posts and at least 86 Better Business Bureau complaints tell a similar story about moving days with Thompson-affiliated companies.

An agreed price in the binding estimate comes with several extras not approved by the customer, and the movers demand that the high costs be paid before unloading the customer’s belongings. When the customer pays, the belongings, sometimes in good condition, are unloaded. If the customer does not pay, the movers take the belongings to a secret location and hold them hostage until the customer pays.

Customers who eventually get their items back consistently describe broken or broken items.

“Our office has received 38 complaints against Thompson Nation Holdings, Shawn Thompson or Small Move Movers and these complaints are being actively reviewed,” the attorney general’s office said in an email to the Miami Herald.

Thompson Nation Holdings and Small Move Movers are two of the many companies Thompson has run his moving business with, many of which share names with more established companies. At least eight of the 21 companies he registered in the state of Florida remain in business, and he operates some businesses under fictitious names.

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Most recently, on Jan. 3, state records show Thompson registered Today’s Move Mover. The listed manager of Today’s Move is Two Man One Truck Movers. The latter is not a registered company in the state of Florida, but both have a business address of 2814 Silver Star Rd., Unit No. 219 in Orlando.

Reached by phone this week by a reporter for the Miami Herald, Thompson declined to comment on the email from Moody’s office. Before hanging up with a Herald reporter, Thompson had something to say about Nicollette Gonzalez, the woman who used Small Move Movers and sued Thompson in Miami-Dade Circuit Court.

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A ‘dishonest, deceptive and fraudulent scheme’

Thompson called Gonzalez a fraudster and said they appealed the December summary judgment before Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Michael Barket. Gonzalez sued Thompson, Small Move and Thompson Nation Holdings after she refused to pay an additional $3,243 added to her bill by movers who she said took 11 hours to reach Gainesville from Miami.

Thompson withdrew his appeal on January 23. Neither he nor his attorney, Gawane Grant, would answer why.

Barket said in the summary judgment that Thompson not only refused to accept payment of the signed binding estimate, but that he “extorted Ms. Gonzalez by only accepting payment of the over-invoice and the discounted over-invoice. Without a doubt, Mr. Thompson was a direct participant in this dishonest, deceptive and fraudulent scheme.”

Gonzalez’s attorney, Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton’s Rasheed Nadar, has filed a motion seeking attorneys’ fees and a final judgment. A hearing is scheduled for March 4.

That motion includes accounts of the brutality of Thompson’s statement, such as “Man, how much evidence do you have? You must be a dancer. You dance around the customer who doesn’t pay his bill. It will never happen…[Nadar] is a clown, man.”

Barket wrote that Thompson’s testimony played a significant role in his decision. Thompson was not deposed because of the lawsuit against him in Orange County. He never answered it.

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An inflation of $1,132 from Orlando to Oviedo

George Brew, attorney for Scott Meyer, filed an amended complaint last week, adding Barket’s summary judgment to an amended complaint, finding “the allegations of the second amended complaint, as verified, together with the findings of the Miami-Dade District Court County demonstrate that [Thompson’s] actions are intentional and at least grossly negligent and warrant an award of damages.

Meyer obtained a default judgment in January on his original complaint seeking more than $8,000 in damages against Thompson, Renee Carter and Thompson Nation Holdings doing business as Moving Giants. According to the amended complaint, Thompson still has Meyer’s assets.

The paperwork accompanying Meyer’s complaint shows an agreed-upon cost of $669 to move Meyer’s belongings from a storage unit in Orlando to a storage unit in Oveido 20 miles away. That amounted to $1,801 upon arrival in Oveido. Meyer refused to pay.

Other court documents say that when a Broward Sheriff’s Office process server found Thompson at 6742 NW 17th Ave. found, he claimed to be ‘Sam Smith’. But the process server checked the license plates in the parking lot and found Thompson’s dark Mercedes SUV.

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