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by Michael Newbury for The News Portal at 9:20am on 3rd of October 2010

3 October: Tens of thousands of claims are flooding into the HQ of BP’s $20 billion compensation fund. Its job is to lessen the hardship endured by people whose livelihoods have been wrecked by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

But many thousands of these claims have little or no evidence to support them. Not even the minimum needed to process them. Many look downright fraudulent. Processing the claims and sorting the real from the bogus is a tough job for the fund administrators led by Kenneth R Feinberg.

Disaster compensation funds always attract fraudsters. So much so that there is now a National Center for Disaster Fraud which prosecuted over 1,300 cases after Hurricane Katrina. The Center has already had 300 tip offs about suspect oil spill claims. Center Director Jim Letten said it will ‘actively pursue’ anyone who attempts fraud.


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Activity on BP rig 'obscured data'
Express - 12:57am Saturday 9th of October 2010
Workers had difficulty monitoring key data during a critical time in the final hour before the Gulf of Mexico oil rig explosion because so many activities were happening at once, a contractor has reve ...
Activity on BP rig 'obscured data'
Belfast Telegraph - 12:42am Saturday 9th of October 2010
Workers had difficulty monitoring key data during a critical time in the final hour before the Gulf of Mexico oil rig explosion because so many activities were happening at once, a contractor has reve ...
Feinberg’s Firm Paid More Than $2.5 Million for Claims
BusinessWeek.com - 10:00pm Friday 8th of October 2010
Kenneth Feinberg and his law firm have been paid more than $2.5 million in 3 1/2 months to administer the $20 billion fund set up by BP Plc to compensate victims of its oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico ...
Feinberg Firm Paid More Than $2.5 Million by BP
BusinessWeek.com - 8:00pm Friday 8th of October 2010
Kenneth Feinberg and his law firm have been paid more than $2.5 million in 3 1/2 months to administer the $20 billion fund set up by BP Plc to compensate victims of its oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico ...
Sludge 'as big as BP oil spill'
The Sun - 1:41pm Friday 8th of October 2010
TOXIC sludge kills a fifth person as scale of disaster is compared to Gulf oil spill ...
Hungary Says Sludge Doesn’t Threaten Danube Wildlife
BusinessWeek.com - 12:30pm Friday 8th of October 2010
The Hungarian toxic spill, which released about the same volume of sludge as the oil disgorged after a BP Plc rig in the Gulf of Mexico, doesn’t threaten the Danube river’s wildlife because the le ...
BP Considered Quitting Gulf Well Days Before Blast
BusinessWeek.com - 9:30pm Thursday 7th of October 2010
BP Plc considered quitting its Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico days before the drilling-rig explosion that killed 11 workers and caused the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. ...
Uploaded on Aug 23 2010  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ship Pisces prepares to test water from the Gulf of Mexico about nine miles (14 km) south of BP's oil spill site, in this picture taken August 21, 2010. Scientists above the U.S. research ship have started an around-the-clock search for elusive signs of oil lurking beneath the Gulf of Mexico's surface in what they jokingly call Operation Dipstick. As debate rages among scientists over how much oil remains in the water after BP Plc's massive oil spill, their research vessel circles above the blown-out Macondo well, some 40 miles (64 km) southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River. Picture taken August 21, 2010. REUTERS/Ann Driver (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENERGY ENVIRONMENT DISASTER BUSINESS IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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