4,450 BP Claimants in Florida to Share $37.7 Million

More than 4,400 Floridians who settled claims with BP after the 2010 oil spill wil get another check in the mail early next week.

The checks will represent an additional $64 million being paid out to about 7,300 claimants in the Gulf Coast states, after an audit found these claims to be underpaid by BP.

Sen. Bill Nelson's office reported that 4,450 Floridians will share in an additional $37.7 million from BP.

The independent audit of the Gulf Coast claims facility was requested by Nelson and other lawmakers after complaints from constituents.

“We heard from a number of people who felt they were shortchanged,” Nelson said. “I’m glad now many of these folks in Florida and the other Gulf Coast states will be more fully compensated.”

Besides the $37.7 going to Floridians, 550 Alabama residents will share $6.1 million; 1,700 Louisiana residents will split $15.6 million; 550 Mississippi residents will share $4.6 million; and 50 Texans will split $500,000.

The independent auditor was hired by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Last summer, the Attorney General visited the Gulf and met with individuals and small business owners whose lives were affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the department said.

The Justice Department said the auditor also found claimants who were overpaid because of errors by the claims facility. However, the audit did not attempt to identify all the claimants who were overpaid or quantify those overpayments, it said. The GCCF is not making any effort to recover those overpayments.

The GCCF paid out $6.2 billion to more than 220,000 claimants before it closed its doors as a result of the settlement between BP and the private plaintiffs.

The evaluation was conducted by BDO Consulting.

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