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Florida Keys moving company owner accused of operating business without license

John Parker arrested after investigators posed as customers, state officials say

John Parker, owner of JP's Local Moving of Monroe County, was arrested after state investigators say he was operating the business without a license.
John Parker, owner of JP's Local Moving of Monroe County, was arrested after state investigators say he was operating the business without a license.

KEY WEST, Fla. – The owner of a Florida Keys moving company accused of operating his business without a license was arrested Thursday.

Investigators with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said John Parker, 62, wasn't licensed to operate JP's Local Moving of Monroe County.

Parker was taken into custody after investigators posing as customers hired JP's Local Moving to help with an out-of-state move and brokered the deal with Parker, agriculture officials said in a news release.

The undercover sting operation resulted in Parker's arrest on a charge of conducting household moving services without a license.

Authorities said Parker was arrested on the same charge in 2013.

Parker was booked into a Monroe County jail. He faces up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted.


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