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Congressman Tom MacArthur

Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey

MacArthur Calls for FEMA Administrator's Resignation

March 2, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman MacArthur called for a thorough and immediate investigation into allegations that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) knew of fraudulent practices used to deny full insurance payouts to victims of Superstorm Sandy. He also called for the resignation of FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate:

“I am outraged and saddened to hear reports that FEMA may have turned a blind eye to corrupt and fraudulent practices used to deny full assistance to families and individuals recovering from Superstorm Sandy,” MacArthur said. “It is simply shocking that the Agency could have known about these private insurers’ wrongdoings as early as August of 2013, yet did nothing about it.”

“My district saw some of the most disastrous effects of Superstorm Sandy. Countless families and individuals suffered great losses, and then were faced with the exorbitant costs of rebuilding. It’s an ongoing struggle, and the Jersey Shore will be recovering for years to come,” MacArthur continued. “That’s why I am demanding a full investigation by relevant House Committees into this issue, in addition to ongoing investigations by Governor Christie and the Inspector General. Survivors of Superstorm Sandy deserve to know when FEMA first learned of these corrupt practices, why nothing was done to stop them, and what FEMA’s direct or indirect role was in carrying them out.”

“I have long been a champion for restoring accountability to FEMA, and this latest news underscores the need for real change at the Agency. That is why I am also calling upon W. Craig Fugate to resign from his role as FEMA Administrator. For too long, this Agency has mishandled their fundamental role to help disaster survivors. Administrator Fugate has failed as a leader and must step down before any further harm is done.” 

Background

CBS: FEMA: Evidence of Fraud in Hurricane Sandy Reports 
Star Ledger Editorial: Sandy insurance scam demands law enforcement scrutiny 

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