A Pompano Beach moving company, subjected to more than 100 complaints from disgruntled customers, and its principals must pay more than a quarter million dollars in fines, costs, legal fees and restitution, a circuit judge ordered last week.
Ryder Moving and Storage – not affiliated with the Ryder truck or rental car brands – was accused in March by the state Attorney General of violating several provisions of the states’ deceptive and unfair trade practices act.
Last week, Broward Circuit Judge William Haury Jr. issued injunctions preventing Ryder, its owner Joshua Socher, his wife, Jodi, and associate Jose Pino from ever engaging in the intrastate moving service business.
The judgments against them demand payment of more than $12,000 in restitution to “consumers who were deceived” by the defendant. In addition, they are ordered to pay a total of $243,205 more in penalties and reimbursement to the state for its legal fees and costs.
Attempts to contact the Sochers were unsuccessful.
In January, Joshua Socher said, “I’m a victim based on my COO (Pino). What he did to me, he split and ran and left everything in my lap when it wasn’t even my department.”
Pino, reached by telephone, said, “I never liked what happened. I feel bad about it.…I never knew people were getting (expletive).”