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Gulf Paymaster: People Are in 'Desperate' Shape

WASHINGTON (AP) - The man President Barack Obama picked to administer the $20 billion oil spill damage fund says no one should underestimate "the frustration and the anger" of people along the Gulf Coast.

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg tells a nationally broadcast audience the resentment is real, saying "I witnessed it firsthand last week."

Feinberg ran the victims claim fund set up after the Sept. 11 terror attacks. He told ABC's "Good Morning America" Monday that "we want to get these claims out quicker."

Feinberg said many individuals and businesses in the area are in "desperate financial straits." And he said that officials will watch carefully for any fraudulent claims, but that he didn't think that would be a big problem.
      

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