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FEMA seeks to collect overpayment of aid with interest

Posted on Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 at 2:40 pm    

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is determined to collect the $24 million it overpaid to 3,600 beneficiary families in five Sandy-stricken states–plus interest, The Telegraph reported on May 4.

This is amid criticism surrounding allegations that engineers shortchanged Hurricane Sandy policy owners by doctoring damage reports. Under political pressure, FEMA has agreed to investigate this matter.

However, when it comes to re-collecting erroneously distributed funds, FEMA is ready to enlist the help of debt collectors. Apart from the initial amount, the agency is demanding an interest of 1% if the money is not paid within 30 days. After 90 days, the interest will rise to 6%. If no payment is made after 120 days, FEMA will turn over the debt to the U.S. Treasury, which can call in debt collectors and impose additional penalties.

This is again another blow to Hurricane Sandy survivors who are still recuperating from the devastation brought about by the storm. Many homeowners have been delayed or denied funds by bad faith insurance companies. If you have experienced this, the attorneys of Williams Kherkher may fight on your behalf for the compensation due to you. Learn more by calling our offices at 888-384-6376 today.

Sens. want oversight hearing over alleged FEMA’s NFIP mismanagement

Posted on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 at 4:10 pm    

After allegations that flood insurers have been altering Hurricane Sandy damage reports, four NY and NJ senators are calling for an oversight hearing about how the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) could have mismanaged its National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), the International Business Times reported on Monday, March 2.

Flood insurers that service NFIP claims are recently under investigation after learning that some of them doctored Hurricane Sandy damage reports to shortchange claimants. In a letter addressed to the chair of Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Senators Charles Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, Robert Menendez, and Cory Booker asked for an oversight hearing to ask representatives for FEMA when they learned about the fraud and the efforts it took to address the issue. The letter came after a FEMA official admitted in an interview that in late 2013, the agency already saw indications that fraudulent practices were being used to reject or reduce claims.

To learn more about taking legal action against a Hurricane Sandy flood insurer who is acting in bad faith, speak with an attorney at Williams Kherkher by calling 888-384-6376 today.

Federal court postpones Hurricane Sandy hearing for settlement talks

Posted on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 at 3:16 pm    

A federal court in New York decided to indefinitely adjourn a hearing over allegations that some private flood insurers forged Hurricane Sandy documents after a government agency expressed its intention to resolve the issue out of court, Reuters reported on February 18.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sent a letter to the judicial panel hearing the matter, saying that it plans to meet with the plaintiffs and the flood insurers who were named as defendants in hopes of settling the matter out of court. The panel said the move would allow the affected parties to discuss possible settlement options.

In November, there were claims that some private flood insurers allegedly forged damage reports to shortchange policyholders affected by Hurricane Sandy. An investigation immediately followed, fearing that the fraudulent practice could be rampant.

Flood insurers acting in bad faith could be held liable for turning their backs on their responsibility to deliver what they once promised to policyholders. To learn how to file for legal action, speak with a Hurricane Sandy Insurance claim attorney at Williams Kherkher by calling 888-384-6376 today.

Menendez and Pallone bill hopes to halt FEMA recoupment

Posted on Monday, January 26th, 2015 at 5:29 pm    

Two New Jersey federal Democratic lawmakers said they are planning to present a bill next week that aims to forgive the debts of certain households who were asked to return Hurricane Sandy funds overpaid by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a report by NJ.com stated on January 16.

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and Rep. Frank Pallone said Hurricane Sandy victims who have an annual income of less than $200,000 should be exempted from FEMA’s effort to claw back over-payments, saying that these people are still struggling to recover and simply cannot afford to refund the money.  Currently, the FEMA is asking for the reimbursement of approximately $5.6 million from about 809 overpaid households.

Hurricane Sandy left thousands of people struggling to recover from the devastation it caused. Sadly, many families still have not obtained the financial aid their insurers once promised. If your insurer has been unfair to you, our attorneys at Williams Kherkher may help you pursue legal action. Call us at 888-384-6376 today.

FEMA wants its Hurricane Sandy money back

Posted on Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 5:54 pm    

After learning that some Hurricane Sandy aid recipients got more funds than what the program stipulates, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is trying to recoup millions, The Guardian reported on Thursday, September 11.

FEMA suspects approximately 4,500 U.S. households who received Hurricane Sandy aid were ineligible for the funds. Since September, 850 households have already been asked to repay a shared amount of $5.8 million. Those who have been asked to return money were deemed in violation of the program’s eligibility rules. The agency claims some households have double dipped, have received funds for damages that were later covered by insurance, or have been paid for a damaged second home.

This can be an added hardship to Hurricane Sandy victims who are still struggling to get back on track. If you believe your valid claim is being challenged by any party, we at Williams Kherkher might be of help. Call us at 888-384-6376 to see if we may be able to fight for you.

Households must pay full rent as FEMA assistance expires

Posted on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at 3:12 pm    

Starting Thursday, May 1, residents who have been living in federally-funded housing units after being displaced by Hurricane Sandy must either vacate the homes or begin paying rent, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) stated in a Reuters report on April 30.

According to FEMA, the 18-month rent assistance program that followed Hurricane Sandy has expired, obliging the affected households to now fully shoulder the rent. The deadline will affect 711 households in New Jersey, 589 in New York, 22 in Connecticut, and 2 in Maryland. The assistance program is intended to be a temporary solution until a more permanent situation can be found for those displaced by the natural disaster.

This can be an additional burden to those still trying to recuperate from the damages incurred by Sandy. Some affected cannot fully recover because insurers failed to provide the financial assistance they promised. If you are in such situation, a lawyer from Williams Kherkher might be able to legally assist you. You may reach us anytime by calling (888) 384-6376.