FEMA Claims


HE IS TAKING ON THE BIG SHOTS AND WORKING HARD TO GET YOU ANSWERS. STEVE ANDREWS IS TARGET 8. FEDERAL FEMA MONEY FLOWING INTO FLORIDA BUT IS IT GOING TO THE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT? CALLING EVERY DISASTER, THE CROOKS AND SCAM ARTISTS SEEM TO COME OUT OF THE WALLS TO GRAB A PIECE OF THE PIE. IN THIS CASE, IT’S YOUR MONEY. SOME CLAIM THEY LOST — SUFFERED LOSSES THEY DIDN’T. INVESTIGATOR STEVE ANDREWS JOINS ME NOW. THIS COULD MEAN LEGITIMATE STORM SYSTEM — STORM VICTIMS GET LOCKED OUT. Reporter: WALKED OUT, LEFT OUT BECAUSE ONCE THE FEDS PAY A CLAIM WHETHER IT’S LEGIT OR NOT, IT’S NO EASY TASK TO WRITE A WRONG. A MONTH AFTER IRMA RIPPED THROUGH THE FLORIDA PENINSULA, FEMA HAS PULLED FORWARD $700 MILLION OF STORM RELATED REALLY FOR THEIR BEFORE DEBRIS REMOVAL, LODGING OR FOOD. FEMA HAS APPROVED 682,000 CLAIMS. SOME OF THE CLAIMS ARE BOGUS. BOB ANDERSON LEARNED A QUICK TRY TO CASH IN ON DAMAGES WHEN IRMA BASHED IN HIS HOUSE. BOB HAPPENED TO BE HOME WHEN AN INSPECTOR SHOWED UP SO FEMA FLAGGED IT. THE INFORMATION HE HAD AND THE NAME IS NOT MINE BUT THE ADDRESS WAS. Reporter: THIS ONE THAT THE — THIS ONE, THE GOVERNMENT DIDN’T CASH. CHRISTOPHER HENDLEY TRIED FILING. I FILLED OUT THE INFORMATION WITH MY NAME, ADDRESS, SOCIAL SECURITY AND I HIT NEXT AND IT TELLS ME DUPLICATE INFORMATION ON FILE. IT’S THAT I ALREADY HAVE AN APPLICATION ON FILE. Reporter: TURNS OUT FEMA HAD ALREADY HANDED OUT $1400 TO SOMEONE WHO USED HIS NAME, ADDRESS AND SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER TO FILE A CLAIM. THIS IS WHAT POPPED UP WHEN THE REAL CHRISTOPHER FILED A REAL CLAIM. I NEVER FILLED OUT AN APPLICATION BEFORE THAT DAY. PEOPLE LIKE THAT WE HOPE GET CAUGHT. Reporter: ACCORDING TO KEITH SINCLAIR OF FEMA, THE INSPECTOR GENERAL INVESTIGATES FRAUD. CRIMINALS ARE CREATED. THEY ARE GOOD AT WHAT THEY DO. Reporter: LOCKED OUT, CHRISTOPHER CALLED. IT TOOK ABOUT 3 HOURS TO HAVE 25 MINUTE CONVERSATIONS. Reporter: HE WAS INSTRUCTED TO CONTACT THE FRAUD HOTLINES. BOTH LINES WERE FULL SO I WASN’T ABLE TO CONTACT ANYONE AND NO ONE HAS CONTACTED ME. Reporter: CHRISTOPHER IS LOCKED OUT OF THE SYSTEM FOR NOW. I HAVE ASKED THEM TO TAKE A LOOK. BY THE WAY, HIS CLAIM IS FAR LESS THAN THE FEDS PAID TO WHOEVER CHEATED HIM AND THE GOVERNMENT OUT OF THEIR MONEY. THAT’S GOT TO BE FRUSTRATING. YOU WAIT ON THE LINE AND THEN YOU GET AN ANSWERING MACHINE THAT DOESN’T ACCEPT YOUR MESSAGE. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF CLAIMS HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED BUT THIS HAS TO BE A HUGE TASK. IT’S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THE FEMA INSPECTOR GENERAL IS STILL LOOKING INTO CASES FILED

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