Moving company takes elderly woman's $3,500 & lifetime of belongings

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A Gilbert woman who just moved here from Florida says although she arrived, her belongings never did.

Laura Welch is 82-years-old and made the decision to move to Arizona so she could be closer to family.

However, she says the moving company she hired never delivered her goods.

"It's just a financial thing right now, but I will get them out to her," says David Lamb, who owns a moving company called Ocean Pacific Moving and Storage.

"I've got nothing left, just the few things I have gone out and bought," says Laura.

Laura recently moved to Gilbert from Plant City, Florida and says her new house is completely empty because David Lamb and his moving company never transported her belongings.

"He practically ruined everything we have done because this was supposed to be such an easy move, no problems, no nothing".

Laura says she paid David Lamb $3,500 to move all of her items to Arizona. Although he took her money she says David Lamb never moved a thing. 

"I think he saw an older person, single person and I think he figured this one will be an easy one to take."

3 On Your Side has learned that David Lamb and his moving company never should have taken the job to begin with.

His license, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is for intrastate only, meaning he's only allowed to move people within Florida, he can't move folks like Laura out of the state.

We tried numerous times to reach David Lamb to ask him how he intends to get all of Laura’s stuff out here but he never called us back.

And when a TV crew in Florida caught up with him he acknowledged that he used Laura’s money to actually move another customer.

"That came out of my pocket unfortunately that came out of Mrs. Welch's deposit pocket as well."

David Lamb is currently under investigation by not only Florida police but also, the federal agency that regulates cross-country moving.

As for Laura, she's trying to figure out how to get her belongings out here. We'll keep you posted.