Over the past four weeks the turnaround time for processing a 6 month emergency claim with the Gulf Coast Claims Facility has slowed significantly. This is largely due to the number of false or undocumented claims that have been submitted online.
As of November 1, there are 152,808 claims that require further information while 93,601 of those contain no supporting materials at all. So where are the claims coming from? Many are from the Gulf Coast but others are from all over the country. Word spread in early October as individuals began seeing money coming in. The online process, which only requires a few forms filled out, is being inundated with claims, many from people who are undeserving.
Many foreigners, many who are not in the country legally, are filing claims indicating that they are U.S citizens and received funds of up to $20,000. The sentiment around the Gulf right now is that everyone deserves something.
Some individuals and businesses received generous sums while others were either denied or given a very small amount. Because the claims are not being processed locally, it is difficult for a claims facility in Ohio to determine what is deserved and what is legit.
“On September 14th I filled out the online form, attached a couple pay stubs and a W-2 and received a check for $12,000 the four days later”, stated a hostess from Destin, Florida.
What is considered adequate proof is also a question that the Gulf Coast Claims Facility has not clearly answered. While they indicate that proof is required to received a claim, there is no reported objective formula for determination.
When those kinds of checks start rolling in, it’s no surprise that everyone wants a piece of the action.
November 23rd is the deadline for filing a 6 month emergency payment, after which individuals and businesses can file for the final claim.