VENTURA – On June 24, 2021 the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office announced that Jason Paul Ellis, 39, of Simi Valley, was sentenced to 120 days in jail for embezzlement of personal property by a carrier and being an unlicensed household mover.
Ellis, doing business as Roadrunner Moving Company, performed numerous in-state and out-of-state moves between 2017 and 2019 without following the requirements of the California Household Movers Act or obtaining a permit to operate.
In addition to the jail sentence, Ellis paid $13,000 in restitution for fees he unlawfully collected from the victim in this case. The California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), Bureau of Household Goods and Services became aware of Ellis’ unlawful operations due to multiple consumer complaints.
This case was jointly investigated by DCA and the District Attorney’s Office Consumer and Environmental Protection Unit. All household movers and moving companies operating in California are required to be licensed with DCA.
“The California Department of Consumer Affairs exists to protect consumers from harm,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. “The investigators in this department work daily to protect the citizens of California from financial harm.”