- Craig and Linda Wright trusted the company with their belongings as they moved from Kansas to Mississippi.
- Weeks later, they still don’t have their property and claim they were scammed.
- “It’s all gone,” said Linda Wright. Photos, videos, family heirlooms.
TOPEKA, Kansas — Nearly everything Craig and Linda Wright owned was packed into their 26-foot U-Haul trailer that left June 21 from a storage unit in Topeka, Kansas, ostensibly on its way to their new home in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
The man, who identified himself as the owner of the “JM Moving Company,” said he quit driving the trailer after accepting a $3,500 down payment from the Wrights, who had lived in Topeka for nearly the 50 years they were married.
The brothers said Jean St. Felix and an employee promised to take the trailer and its contents to the couple’s new home.
But after 27 days, the couple did not have their property.
We have been deceived
After leaving the U-Haul trailer, Linda Wright said she constantly reached out to St. Felix every third day for a progress report.
“He always had a job that was on his way to our job and so he was always late,” she wrote Sunday on Facebook. “Excuse after excuse! One time he texted me that I was texting and calling too much.”
Finally, St. Felix promised to bring the trailer and its contents the next day to the Wrights’ home in Ocean Springs, where they’ve lived since July 6, Linda Wright said.
She said he never showed up.
“We finally got scammed,” Linda Wright told the Topeka Capital Journal, part of the USA Today network.
USA TODAY has reached out to St. Felix for comment.
These belongings hold lifelong memories for Linda Wright.
“There are priceless and much-loved things in there that I’m sure these guys don’t want, but we’d really like to have them back,” she said.
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The Wrights say they reported the theft to the Topeka Police Department and are using social media to try to gather information about the movers and get the word out about what happened.
They sold their Topeka home in March.
Linda Wright said she learned online about the Miami-based JM Moving Co., which she said legitimately transferred properties to other clients.
“We did all the due diligence one does when entrusting your stuff to a stranger,” she wrote on Facebook Sunday.
“We asked him all the relevant questions,” she wrote. “Everything seemed fine.”
St. Felix, Wright’s sister, and Linda Wright’s sister, Gina Boett, said Linda Wright loaded between 60 and 80 boxes of items into the trailer.
My husband says it wouldn’t be that great.
“It’s all gone,” Linda Wright wrote. “Photos, videos, family heirlooms, my copyright work, computers, personal documents, anything from drawers, dressers, cupboards, things from every room in our house and garage…” are gone.
The main thing Linda Wright wants is her memorabilia and keepsakes, she told The Topeka Capital-Journal on Sunday.
“If he gave me those things,” she said, “I would hug him and say ‘thank you.’” “My husband says he wouldn’t be that nice.”
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