OSINT & ORC Investigations

What is Organized Retail Crime?

Organized Retail Crime is the unlawful taking of merchandise in significant quantity for the purpose of selling for criminal enterprise. ORC costs the retail industry more than $30 billion each year according to the National Retail Federation. ORC is a serious issue for large and small retailers nationwide with many retailers being victimized. ORC targeted products can be almost anything that has a resale value, examples includes Ready-To-Wear, Over-The Counter medicines, Electronics, Home Fashions, gift cards, laundry detergent, etc.

ORC Subject Vetting

The Zellman Group is a fully vetted and authorized user of several research products that allow us to see behind the curtain.  With our access, we are able to provide full due diligence on current physical assets, past and present addresses, past and present phone(s), including cell phone, court records, email, work associations, relatives, liens, judgments bankruptcies and various other background details.  We can support our clients with information via:

  • Status change alerts
  • Case preparation support
  • Comprehensive reports

Zellman can provide fully developed suspect profiles which may include:

  • Assets
  • Online Profiles
  • Dark Web Profiles
  • Personal Profiles
  • Extended Family Profiles
  • Business Profiles
  • Work Associations
  • Court Records/Liens/Judgments/Bankruptcies.


Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT)

Open-Source Intelligence is data collected from publicly available  sources to be used in an intelligence context.  “Open” refers to overt or openly available.  However, just because it is openly available doesn’t mean it is easy to gather.  Often there is too much information and skill is required to determine what information is actually valuable.  Information does not need to be secret to be valuable.  Information sourced from blogs, market places and social media can provide an endless supply of information which contribute to our understanding of a situation or may provide detail for an investigation.  Our experienced Intelligence Analysts research and gather information from e-commerce communities, classifieds, social networks, Dark Web and criminal data to identify persons suspected of being involved in ORC theft. Some of this information is gathered through:

  • Investigation in on-line market places
    • Ebay
    • Craigslist
    • Amazon
    • Letgo
    • Private market sites
  • Social media/Search Engines
    • Google
    • Yahoo/Bing
    • Real Estate
    • Facebook
    • Instagram
    • Blogs
    • Legally Bypassed blocked or private accounts
    • Social Link associations
    • Geolocation Trackers
  • Dark Web


Zellman can provide fully developed suspect profiles which may include:

  • Seller Identification & Monitoring
  • Dark Wed Inquiries Beyond Tradition Search Engines
  • Deleted Web Content Recovery
  • Consumer Triangular Fraud
  • IP Address Identification
  • Seller History and Assets Identification
  • Trend Analysis of High Risk Product
  • Covert Controlled Sales & Purchases
  • Drop Boxes in Multiple States


Organized Retail Crime Recovery (ORC)

Organized Retail Crime (ORC) Claims may include recovery of reasonable attorney fees, and investigation and litigation expenses as permitted by law, incurred as a result of collection efforts by The Law Offices of Michael Ira Asen.  Zellman and Asen shall take all reasonable measures in their collection efforts of ORC Claims including but not limited to:


  • Conducting skip trace, asset search or personal information search on the specified subject
  • Mailing ORC Claim letters to the specified subject
  • Contacting the specified subject via telephone for the purpose of ORC Claims
  • Collecting, accounting for, and distributing ORC Claim amounts
  • Preparing any and all documents for filing and pursuing ORC Claims in court, only when authorized by Client



Michael Ira Asen, Chief Counsel, The Zellman Group, LLC is an attorney at law, licensed in the states of New York and New Jersey and admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, The United States Courts of Appeal for the Second and Third Circuits, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York and New Jersey. Mr. Asen has more than 40 years of legal practice, including litigation. He is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, the highest professional rating available to lawyers by Martindale-Hubbell.