COVINGTON, La. -- While Dunwoodie McDuffie III had no comment for our camera Thursday morning, he had a not guilty plea for a St. Tammany Parish judge.
McDuffie, owner of Mr. Move moving company, was arrested in June for extortion and unauthorized use of a movable, along with two employees. Amanda Neil and William Jeffery Jr. have also pleaded not guilty to the same charges.
The arrests followed a search and seizure operation by Mandeville police at the Mr. Move offices in Metairie and a company storage unit.
The whole case spawned from a claim by a Mandeville woman that Mr. Move quoted her one price, then took her property hostage when she refused to pay, in cash, at a new inflated price. After our initial stories about the operation and arrests, several
viewers contacted us with similar stories. Eyewitness News also discovered the company has had dozens of complaints filed against it with the Better Business Bureau, the Office of the Louisiana Attorney General and the Public Service Commission.
The victim in this case is happy with the progress.
“I'm glad that it didn't just get swept under the rug and that it's finally moving forward, and that hopefully, in the long run, they will get exactly what they deserve," Megan Rivolo said.
Rivolo hopes the outcome doesn't just bring her justice.
"I really think they need to be out of the business,” she said. “It’s been entirely too long that they’ve been doing this to people and they’ve been given so many second chances, and I feel like, at this point, they need to be forbidden to do any type of moving company business."
McDuffie is also facing three citations by the Public Service Commission for his company charging customers more than 15 percent over what they were quoted. A hearing for that is scheduled in Baton Rouge next month.