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.