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Hurricane Sandy damaged home located in Seaside Heights, N.J. (Photo: Thinkstock)

(Bloomberg) – New York authorities charged an engineering firm and one of its former executives with forging reports for homes damaged in Hurricane Sandy to deny flood insurance claims.

Matthew Pappalardo and HiRise Engineering PC were named in a 50-count indictment accusing them of altering at least 25 engineering reports that had been prepared by others, even though they didn’t participate in examining the homes and weren’t licensed to do so, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Monday in a statement.

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