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Mover jailed, fined $30,000 in relocation scam

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California Attorney General Bill Lockyer announced that Eliyahu Sharvit, owner of West Coast Movers, was sentenced on Friday in San Diego County Superior Court for felony grand theft in connection with the firm's handling of a Chula Vista woman's move to Florida. Sharvit was sentenced by San Diego County Superior Court Judge John M. Thompson to 84 days in jail (already served), a three-year suspended sentence and summary probation. Under a plea agreement, Sharvit also has paid the victim in the case, Julianne Black of Chula Vista, $27,020 in restitution. Additionally, he has paid $2,980 in restitution to Jason and Jennifer Ketner of San Diego, victims prosecutors learned about after charges were filed against Sharvit in the Black case. Sharvit is not a U.S. citizen and will be deported to Israel because of his felony conviction. "Mr. Sharvit tried to defraud his customers out of thousands of dollars," Lockyer said. "He held their property hostage when they refused to pay more tha...