Letters will soon be sent to Sandy victims about reopening claims
Beginning next month, thousands of Hurricane Sandy victims will begin receiving letters asking whether they want to reopen damage claims if they feel their initial claim was wrongfully denied or they don't believe they received a fair settlement.
According to NJ Advance Media, approximately 141,800 claimants whose property was damaged during Hurricane Sandy are expected to receive letters, a top federal Emergency Management Agency official said Tuesday.
Brad Kieserman, the deputy associate administrator who oversees the federal flood insurance program, said the letters will begin going out in May to homeowners who have not challenged their claims in court, NJ Advance Media reported.
Exclusive reports by New Jersey 101.5 revealed how the pattern of fraudulently altered reports was mirrored in the Garden State.
According to the NJ Advance Media article, while property owners "will have to supply some proof of their losses if they are challenging their payments, Kieserman acknowledged that it might be impossible to produce original documents like receipts so many years after the hurricane. In such cases, signed affidavits might be acceptable."
David Matthau contributed to this report.