The Mail Drop File is a useful tool for identifying fictitious entities and potential fraud occurring in multiple industries. Automated Auditors uses the file to identify fake entities that use a mail drop rental to represent their fictitious store front. Fraudsters prefer a mail box rental to a P.O. Box because it has a real street address with a “suite” number, thereby going unnoticed in fraud detection systems. This happens frequently in organized crime cases, Medicare and Medicaid fraud, and other industries. What we do for you: we can run the address-matching on your vendor, customer, provider, or patient data base, or you also have the option of purchasing the file from on our Purchase page.
The Mail Drop File includes all UPS Stores, Fedex, PakMail, Mail Boxes Etc., and all Mailing & Shipping companies with box rentals across the entire U.S. The file has over 22,000 records and is updated periodically to stay current with changing addresses. The file is available in Excel format and includes Store Name, Location Address, SIC Code, contact name, and contact title.
Here are several examples where using this file could have detected or prevented millions of dollars in Medicare fraud:
– Dr. William Carey learned that he was “CEO” of a Columbus, OH medical practice he had never heard of. A phony clinic called the “Carey Care Group, Inc” was created using Dr. Carey’s stolen medical license number, having an address at 1601 W. 5th Ave., Suite 119, in Columbus, OH, which is a mailing and shipping company called “Mail Box & Service”. The fraudster, Armen Sarsenbay, had set up the phony clinic to submit false Medicare claims.
– Dr. Kenneth Cardlin was also a victim of identity theft, when Armen Sarsenbay registered “Gardlin Med. Group Inc.” in September 2010, listing Cardlin as the CEO while misspelling his name. Both state and federal documents list the practice’s location as a UPS Store in Columbus. Sarsenbay registered Carey Care Group the same day. Cardlin said an investigator working for Medicare informed him of the fake business a couple years ago, but he was surprised to learn that Gardlin Med. Group still has an active provider number in the CMS registry.
– In Oct 2010, dozens of reputed Armenian gangsters, including Robert Terdjanian, were busted by the feds for a “smorgasbord” of offenses that includes the largest-ever Medicare fraud by a single crime syndicate. The size and sophistication of the coast-to-coast scheme — which generated more than $160 million in bogus bills — “puts the traditional Mafia to shame,” Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara said. The ring created at least 118 “phantom” medical clinics in 25 states that used stolen identities of doctors and patients to rip off more than $35 million in taxpayer funds. In reality, most of the clinics were nothing more than rented Mail Boxes Etc. addresses, Bharara said.
The Mail Drop File has been proven to be a useful tool in detecting fraud in multiple areas: healthcare fraud, private insurance fraud, tax fraud, vendor and accounting fraud, and more. If you are interested in outsourcing the address-matching to us, we also provide advanced fuzzy-matching services to make sure the mail box rental matches the address in your data.