Customers accuse boat-transport firm of fraud

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Numerous customers say a Florida boat transport company that filed for bankruptcy continued to take thousands of dollars to transport boats it never moved.

That’s according to a report in the Tampa Bay Times that said customers around the country had been bilked out of thousands of dollars by Lutz-based Able Boat Transport.

One California couple paid $5,000 to have their boat shipped across the country, but it was never picked up. A Nevada man says he lost $33,000.

Now customers tell the paper they can't reach Able Boat, which filed last month for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The company's phone is disconnected and its website is down.

Jonathon Cherner, of Maryland, sent Able Boat $1,700 in August for an October pickup that he now suspects was never going to happen because in the meantime, Able Boat filed bankruptcy, listing $72,000 in liabilities — including Cherner's payment.

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