The attorneys handling a $1.1 billion settlement for victims in the deadly collapse of a Miami condo say the settlement fund is inundated with fraudulent victims. A court filing written by Michael Goldberg, one of the attorneys in the case, identified 458 ‘presumptively fraudulent’ claimants out of 740 claims.
The Champlain Tower South Condominium collapsed on June 24, 2021. About 35 people were rescued during the incident and 98 people died in the collapse.
Those affected by the tower collapse can receive anywhere from $50,000 to more than $1 million depending on how the tragedy impacted them.
However, the nature of the suit has opened it up to scammers, who believe they can get money without having to prove that they have any connection to the tragedy, Goldberg wrote.
‘It is believed that many of the Presumptively Fraudulent Claimants learned about the Settlement Fund and the concomitant claims process through a website … which provides unprincipled individuals with a list of ‘No-proof class actions’ whereby they can obtain settlement funds without having to supply evidence in support of their claims.’