How Did Hundreds of Medical Records End Up On Road?

Montgomery County, N.C. – Hundreds of documents filled with peoples’ social security numbers and dates of birth somehow ended up in trash bags on the side of the road in Montgomery County.

The documents came from a drug-testing company called Professional Medical Resources, Inc. News 2 called the company Thursday, but no one returned our calls.

Friday, News 2 called the Attorney General’s office and now its staff members are investigating this situation as well.

News 2 also drove to 1720 North Howard Mill Road in Robbins. That’s the address listed for Professional Medical Resources, Inc. We found ahouse, surrounded by trees. No one appeared to be home and there was no indication this address housed a business.

News 2 then discovered the Secretary of State lists Kathleen Martindale as the company’s president. The Secretary of State also indicates Martindale did not file the proper paperwork with the state for six years, and received a warning letter.

The “Notice of Dissolution” letter says if she didn’t file the reports within sixty days, her company would be dissolved. However, Martindale responded to the notice in time to avoid that fate.

News 2 Reporter Mark Geary also called Martindale again and left several messages. She did not call back.

The Attorney General’s office told News 2 the Identity Theft Protection Act and HIPPA requires companies to destroy your personal information.

You may remember in 2010, a Greensboro urgent care center called “Prompt Med” had to pay a $50,000 fine after a homeless man tipped off News 2 that hundreds of medical files with patient’s personal information was in a dumpster.

This is only the beginning of our Two Wants to Know Investigation. We’re going to keep asking questions until we figure out how this happened.

– WFMY NEWS 2

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