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MANDEVILLE, La. Two employees of a Metairie-based moving company under investigation for extortion were behind bars on Thursday, according to the Mandeville Police Department.

The owner of Mr. Move, Dunwoodie McDuffie, was arrested on Wednesday in relation to an incident involving a Mandeville client.

The alleged victim in the case said the company was withholding her possessions in exchange for a grossly inflated bill. The victim reported that her previous quote of approximately $700 was raised to over $2,000 without any justification and only after the movers secured her property on their truck, police said.

Police believe that Sales Manager Amanda Brown Neil was responsible for initiating transactions by luring victims with low-ball estimates. Lead Driver William F. Jeffrey Jr. was responsible for illegally securing the victim's property in exchange for the inflated rate, according to MPD.

Neil, 30, of Metairie and Jeffrey, 56, of Metairie were both charged with one count each of extortion and unauthorized use of a moveable.

They were remanded to St. Tammany Parish Jail.

Extortion carries a penalty of one to 15 years and unauthorized use of a moveable carries a five year maximum penalty.

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