Insurers accused of avoiding Sandy payments

A Long Beach resident says he has been fighting for more than two years after his flood insurance claim from Hurricane Sandy was denied. Bob

Two weeks ago, investigators from the New York Attorney General's Office raided a Uniondale engineering firm and removed dozens of boxes of documents.

Two weeks ago, investigators from the New York Attorney General's Office raided a Uniondale engineering firm and removed dozens of boxes of documents. (3/3/15)

LONG BEACH - A Long Beach resident says he has been fighting for more than two years after his flood insurance claim from Hurricane Sandy was denied.

Bob Kaible and his wife Debbie Ramey say insurance companies deliberately changed engineering reports to avoid paying a big claim. Gail Mero says she also has proof that someone changed the engineer's report about structural damage to her East Rockaway home. She says the engineer actually called to tell her about it.

Two weeks ago, investigators from the New York Attorney General's Office raided a Uniondale engineering firm and removed dozens of boxes of documents. The company, called HiRise, and another from Louisiana called U.S. Forensic are now part of a criminal investigation.

U.S. senators from both New York and New Jersey called for congressional hearings into the fraud allegations and how FEMA is handling them. In a letter to a Senate committee, the lawmakers said, "These serious allegations and the questions they raise are highly troubling."

Both families say they are hoping for quick and fair settlements from the insurance companies. They are also hoping that anyone involved in the alleged fraud is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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Hurricane Sandy Insurance Claim Allegations

HiRise Engineering Response:

“HiRise Engineering continues to support the efforts of FEMA to settle the Sandy claims and respects the processes of the Attorney General's office. We have provided and will continue to provide these bodies with any assistance or information they need in this matter in order to facilitate their efforts. Regrettably, there have been issues raised concerning the conclusions in some reports. We are working very hard to address these issues, and we will continue to work to the fullest extent possible with all parties.”

- Joe Celentano, President & CEO, HiRise Engineering

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Sources: State executes Sandy insurance fraud raidSources tell News 12 that the search of HiRise Engineering on Charles Lindbergh Boulevard was related to Superstorm Sandy insurance claims.

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