Menendez and Booker seek N.J. probe of Hurricane Sandy insurance fraud

Menendez and Booker seek N.J. probe of Hurricane Sandy insurance fraud


By:  Jonathan D. Salant
NJ Advance Media


U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker have asked the New Jersey attorney general's office to investigate whether insurers were purposely underestimating Hurricane Sandy damages suffered by homeowners.

The two Democratic senators, in a letter to Acting Attorney General John Hoffman, said they were concerned that insurance companies had been rewriting engineering reports to avoid payments by claiming that damage was caused by factors other than the hurricane.

"If left unaddressed, these practices threaten to stunt our state's recovery from Superstorm Sandy and leave many families without the ability to rebuild their homes and move on with their lives," the senators wrote. "They are not asking for a handout - only what they deserve and what they've been paying premiums for."

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