SANDY 10 YEARS LATER: The nightmare of Sandy fraud

opens in a new windowSANDY 10 YEARS LATER: The nightmare of Sandy fraud | WCBS News Radio | October 26, 2022

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (WCBS 880) — Barnegat Bay is sparkling through Doug Quinn’s living room window, but the beauty is tempered by the trauma of Superstorm Sandy.

“Personally, even on a beautiful day like this, I will catch myself looking out the window at the dock to check the water level seven or eight times throughout the day,” Quinn said.

His house was destroyed. Then he was victimized again by his insurance company. It paid him 37 cents on the dollar.

“The seven years that were stolen from me, living in hell trying to get back home, that wouldn’t have happened,” he added.

Doug Quinn's new home was elevated ten feet.

Doug Quinn’s new home was elevated ten feet. Photo credit Peter Haskell

Quinn is channeling his fury through a nonprofit advocacy group he founded: The American Policyholder Association.

“We are the only organization in the country [that] is doing what we are doing, which is looking at the insurance industry and the vendors they hire for criminal fraud and ethical license violations,” he said.

Quinn said the system is rigged by the adjusters’ engineers and other players.

“You work for the insurance industry,” he added. “You play ball. You get paid. As long as you tell them what you want to hear, you get invited back for another job and another paycheck.”

Doug Quinn has a beautiful view of Barnegat Bay from his living room window.

Doug Quinn has a beautiful view of Barnegat Bay from his living room window. Photo credit Peter Haskell

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