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Controversial pastor Terry Jones' TSC Moving goes out of business

MANATEE -- A Bradenton-based moving company that had mounting complaints against it across the country has gone out of business.

TSC Moving, operated by controversial pastor the Rev. Terry Jones, emailed customers Thursday afternoon that it had gone out of business.

"TS & Company LLC is insolvent and is not able to continue doing business. We regret this greatly," the email read. "You can be assured your furniture is wrapped and intact. Within the next few days, we will be sending you the dates that you can have your furniture picked up."

Furniture will not be delivered. Customers will have to visit the warehouse where their furniture is stored, according to TSC. Wayne Sapp, who is also a pastor at Jones' church and business partner, is coordinating the pick-ups and customers should call 352-562-2204.

In a phone interview with Jones on Wednesday, he told the Herald the company was going through changes and he was unsure whether the business would continue because he was overwhelmed with his new french fry business that he opened at DeSoto Square mall this month.

Jones' moving business specialized in blanket-wrapped furniture transportation. Furniture dealers and retailers across the country shared their issues of delays and lack of communication about deliveries.

Customers in Georgia,

where TSC maintained a warehouse, lodged two complaints against the business in 2014. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recorded that one of the company's drivers was charged with driving under the influence and another driver was cited in a fatal crash on Oct. 28 in Tampa.

Jones' claim to fame was staging Quran burnings in the Gainesville area before moving to East Manatee in 2013. His views have caused him to be a target by al-Qaida. His Dove World Outreach Center is considered a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Charles Schelle, Herald business reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7095. Follow him on Twitter @ImYourChuck.

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