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ducknwork
08-17-2010, 06:36 AM
I guess nobody here cares about fraud being committed because it's BP getting screwed this time. What's worse? This, or stealing tv's after Katrina? NO is getting quite the track record with regards to their actions after disasters.:rolleyes:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1302463/How-BP-paying-millions-oil-spill-compensation-fraudsters.html

BBG, I posted the article just for you...:)


BP could be paying millions in compensation to 'fake fishermen', it has been revealed.
So far BP has paid $308million to those whose livelihood has been threatened by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
But to receive compensation, fishermen must display a valid fishing licence - and applications for such licenses have spiked by nearly 60 per cent, despite most fishing grounds being closed by the disaster.
Three people suspected of abusing the system have been arrested in the past week in the U.S. - but there are fears there could be many more such 'fraudsters' at work.
One genuine fisherman even told reporters of being approached by two men who asked him to sign documents for them showing that they had worked for him.

He said he refused - but told the BBC that other captains have been offered thousands to sign similar such documents vouching for fraudsters trying to claim compensation.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has sold 2,200 licenses since the spill, Lt Col Jeff Mayne of the LDWF Law Enforcement Division told the BBC today.
'Originally BP was paying to cheques to just anybody who had a licence and that may have spurred some of the fraud,' he said.
'There were no real checks and balances on whether they were they really commercial fishermen.
'I would like to say I'm surprised, but I'm not. It's a lot easier to go and steal a resource than to rob a bank.'
BP has admitted it is 'likely' that its compensation scheme is being abused by fraudsters.
The company claimed it has set up verification centres examining several hundred cases - and vowed it will catch anyone who milked the system.
A spokesman said that up to ten per cent of compensation cases after any given disaster could be viewed as fraudulent.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1302463/How-BP-paying-millions-oil-spill-compensation-fraudsters.html#ixzz0wrVnkhvx

badbullgator
08-17-2010, 08:46 PM
Thank you

I suspect there is a lot of that in general. Our area just reported a 4% increase in tourism over the same time last year and yet every hotel is trying to get BP money and we are 700 miles away. Even some rinky dink little zoo filed a claim against them. Lots of people getting on the gravy train....

depittydawg
08-17-2010, 08:58 PM
I guess nobody here cares about fraud being committed because it's BP getting screwed this time. What's worse? This, or stealing tv's after Katrina? NO is getting quite the track record with regards to their actions after disasters.:rolleyes:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1302463/How-BP-paying-millions-oil-spill-compensation-fraudsters.html

BBG, I posted the article just for you...:)

Well at least the money's not going to Haliburton!

luvmylabs23139
08-17-2010, 09:00 PM
I love the people that are claiming that fishing is a "cash business" therefor they have no records. I guess they have been evading federal and state income taxes for years. At the very least there should be tax returns. The iRS should get on this.

M&K's Retrievers
08-17-2010, 09:52 PM
Well at least the money's not going to Haliburton!

DS, get a grip.:grab:

Franco
08-18-2010, 09:52 AM
I guess nobody here cares about fraud being committed because it's BP getting screwed this time. What's worse? This, or stealing tv's after Katrina? NO is getting quite the track record with regards to their actions after disasters.:rolleyes:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1302463/How-BP-paying-millions-oil-spill-compensation-fraudsters.html

BBG, I posted the article just for you...:)

This article is a big sham!

Selling 2,200 non-commercial fishing lisences during the early Summer is not unusal.

There was been no spike in Commercial fishing lisences and it is the Commercial fisherman that are being compensated by BP.

Most of the fishing waters were NOT closed. Only areas from Grand Isle to the Chandelieurs was closed briefly as the oil stayed mainly offshore. The inside marshes in those areas remained mostly open to non-commercial fishing.

Where is New Orleans Sport Fisherman even mentioned or are you just prejudiced at our abundence of sport fish?

Commercial fisherman do not reside in New Orleans. They mostly live in fishing towns all along the coast. One third of the La. commercial fisherman are Vietnamesse.

Just more inaccurate reporting!

P S

BP is paying claims off of 2009 tax returns.