WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today in the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) questioned Roy E. Wright, the Deputy Associate Administrator for Insurance and Mitigation at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, on why bad actors such as U.S. Forensic and attorney Gerald Nielsen continue to receive flood recovery dollars from the government.
“Victims of Louisiana flooding need to know that FEMA contracts aren't being awarded to companies and people with a history of ripping off impacted families. Unfortunately, players like U.S. Forensic and Gerald Nielsen continue to receive federal contracts despite their reprehensible actions being exposed. I will not stand for these companies stealing tax dollars from Louisiana families struggling to get back on their feet,” said Sen. Kennedy.
A federal judge accused U.S. Forensic of “reprehensible gamesmanship” for rewriting engineer reports to lower the amount of property damage that could be attributed to Superstorm Sandy. A judge also took Nielsen to task for violating discovery orders in a case brought by victims of Superstorm Sandy. Despite these accusations, Nielsen represents most of the major flood insurance companies handling claims from the March and August floods that hit Louisiana last year. U.S. Forensic can still participate in the National Flood Insurance Program.
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