- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Eight unlicensed New Jersey moving companies are facing civil penalties because state authorities say they targeted consumers in Asian and Latino communities who spoke little English.

The state Attorney General’s Office announced the sanctions Tuesday.

Officials say the companies didn’t tell customers that they were not licensed movers, and their customers were unaware that the firms were avoiding measures designed to protect consumers from fraud.

The eight companies each face a $2,500 fine, but they can reduce that amount to $1,250 if they apply for a public mover’s license within 15 days of receiving the violation notice.

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