Juneau Visits Mobile BP Claims Office

Juneau Visits Mobile BP Claims Office

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MOBILE, Alabama -  Court appointed claims administrator Patrick Juneau has a big job. "We have done a ton of work. We have accomplished a tremendous amount economically during that period of time and we've got a lot to go."    

In Mobile Wednesday to visit the claims center off Government Blvd. Juneau says since taking over the claims process last June there has been 209 thousand new claims filed, $4.7 billion approved in eligible claims, with $814 million going to Alabama victims of the oil spill.

"We are expending a good bit of effort dealing with the legal issues we have to deal with. I've been to court four times already dealing with procedural issues that diverts us obviously. It's a lot to deal with," he says.

Part of those legal issues include a 95 page report by former head of the FBI Louis Freeh citing alleged misconduct within the program and alleging employee fraud in the Mobile office.

"You know that has been investigated. Reports filed. Not true in this office. It's not true about the internal fraud here in this office." Juneau says he will meet with Freeh later this week to work on ways of making the system better.

"We're doing things right. It's been confirmed it is right. Been through the issue three times before. It's time we move on and start continually processing claims. That is what we're dedicated to doing." Juneau says he is committed to finishing the job.

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