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Southwest Movers bails on court ordered payment

PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A Phoenix woman says Southwest Movers damaged her goods and has yet to make good on a court-ordered payment while the owner operated another moving company.

When a reputable mover damages your property, they work out a fair settlement, if they don't, you can sue them. But even if you win in court, some businesses will continue to try and stiff you anyway.

"He's a fraud and he takes people," Catherine Klee said.

After learning about them through a ValPak coupon she received in the mail, Klee decided to hire Southwest Movers for a cross-town relocation. Klee says workers for Southwest Movers damaged several pieces of her furniture but the owner, Mohammed "Mo" Alsoubaii, assured her he was fully insured.

"'Yes, I will take care of it, send me photographs' which I did, and nothing ever materialized, he did not follow through on his promises," Klee said.

Klee says Alsoubaii blew her off for a year so she sued him in Maricopa County Justice Court. After hearing from both sides, a judge ordered Southwest Movers to pay Klee $1,600 for her damaged items. Klee says Alsoubaii refused to pay. She contacted his bank to garnish his accounts.

"He had four accounts, three of which had no money in them and the fourth one he had recently closed," Klee said.

Southwest Movers' location on 1313 West Lincoln St. in Phoenix is now shutdown, but Klee says it was fully functioning when she stopped by two months ago looking for Alsoubaii and her money. Then, just recently, Klee got another ValPak coupon in the mail.

"Had the same exact photograph, the same verbiage, the same hourly fee, except the name was different," Klee said.

It was from Apache Movers. The current owner of Apache Movers told CBS 5 News that she bought the company several months ago from Mo Alsoubaii. Klee wonders if he will ever make good on his debt.

"When he damaged goods, he promised the world again, and even after my judgment, I still haven't been paid," Klee said.

The owner of Apache Movers, Huwaida Ali, told CBS 5 News that Alsoubaii is not involved in her company. She would not explain why she is using a nearly identical ValPak coupon as Southwest Movers and also admitted to not having an actual business location for her business.

CBS 5 News' several attempts to locate Mohammad Alsoubaii were unsuccessful. He may surface again with another moving company, if so, CBS 5 News advises all consumers to beware.

And for any move, consider a third party insurer to cover possible damage to your goods.

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