By Mark Abrams

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The city controller says he’s found major mismanagement in the city’s mail distribution center.

Controller Alan Butkovitz says his office received tips about the operations of the city mail center located in bowels of Suburban Station.

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“We believe that tens of thousands of Philadelphians could have been impacted by the mismanagement in the mail center, mostly subject to mail that they received late.”

Butkovitz says the mail center is “responsible for gathering all court notices, fines, tax bills, water bills, parking violations and other city related correspondence to Philadelphians and those doing business with the city.”

He says surprise inspections by his office found boxes and boxes of unmailed notices and bills.

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Butkovitz says the city’s new revenue commissioner is cooperating and taking steps to correct several issues, including using improper postage resulting in thousands of dollars in excess postage costs.

“He went on this raid in conjunction with people from our office and the police, the commissioner was very concerned and very determined to stamp this out and correct it.”

The controller is asking anyone who believes they might have been affected to contact his fraud hotline at 215-686-3804 or


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