Moving company worker charged in scheme to extort Alberta families: police

Police have made an arrest in an investigation into Toronto-based moving companies allegedly holding the possessions of two Alberta families for ransom.

Mover held customers' goods hostage, investigators say

Toronto police say the company defrauded at least two Alberta families. (Shutterstock)

Police have made an arrest in an investigation into Toronto-based moving companies allegedly holding the possessions of two Alberta families for ransom.

Toronto police began an investigation last month into allegations that at least two families moving to Eastern Canada were defrauded — and say they are concerned there may be more victims primarily outside Ontario.

Police have made one arrest in  the ongoing investigation into Toronto-based moving companies allegedly holding complainants' possessions for extortionate fees.

Acting Inspector Ian Nicholl said police began the investigation last month into allegations that employees of the companies defrauded at least two families moving to Eastern Canada from Alberta.

Nicholl says the employees provided quotes they had no intention of honouring, used grossly-inflated load weights to boost costs and allegedly held the property as ransom if the extortionate fees weren't paid.

The accused, 33 has been charged with extortion and fraud but investigators are still searching for additional suspects.

Nicholl says police are also concerned there may be other alleged victims mainly outside of Ontario who've dealt with companies under the names Green Moving, Ryder Moving, Landmark Van Lines and Capital Moving Services.