OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss.-- The administrator of a $20 billion fund doling out money to Gulf oil spill victims said Monday thatpeople who want more cash can now get a quick check within twoweeks, but there's a catch: Cashing it means giving up the right tosue BP or receive any more payments.

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who took over the claims process fromBP PLC in August, said individual claimants who already receivedsome compensation from the fund can get a $5,000 check, but theycan't sue BP and won't be eligible for a final settlement.

Businesses could seek a $25,000 check. The payments would be issuedwithin two weeks.

The other options are to seek quarterly interim payments forlosses until August 2013, or file for a lump sum final settlement.Getting the lump sum also means giving up the right to sue BP overits April 20 oil well blowout that spewed more than 170 million ofgallons of crude into the sea. Some who haven't decided whether toaccept the final payment or to sue BP can opt for the interimpayments in the meantime.

'No more documentation required, no requirement that you addany evidence of damage,' Feinberg said of the new option toreceive quick cash.

By Wednesday, Feinberg said, the Gulf Coast Claims Facility willhave paid about $2.5 billion to roughly 170,000 claimants, but manyhave been complaining the process is taking too long or they arebeing shortchanged. Some large businesses with claims of more than$500,000 say they haven't been paid at all.

Mississippi seafood processor Keath Ladner said his claim forroughly $1.7 million has been pending for three months, and thelosses keep growing. He employs about 70 boats and is one of thelargest processors in the state.

Ladner received some money early on, but nothing in months, andsaid he wouldn't even consider accepting the $25,000 quick payment.

'I think that's the perfect definition of extortion,' he said,adding that it feels like Feinberg is keeping people like himwaiting for money so they have to accept any 'scraps.'

The money 'wouldn't even cover my past due rent expenses,'Ladner said. 'If I have to lose everything down to my last pair ofshoes, I will have attorneys sue for everything I've lost.'

Feinberg said the new quick-cash payments are largely for peoplewho feel they've already been paid adequately and just want to geton with their lives. He said it could clear the books of thousandsof claimants and allow the facility to focus on those seekinginterim or final settlements.

Feinberg also said the fund would soon provide free attorneys toclaimants who wish to discuss their options before choosing what todo. While BP would pay the attorneys' fees, Feinberg said claimantscan count on a representative free of influence from the oil giantand the claims fund.

Tony Kennon, mayor of Orange Beach, Ala., a tourist-rich stretchof coast that was hit hard by the summer's oil, questioned the newpayment option and fears many may just take the check out ofdesperation.

He said many business owners who still haven't been paid, orwere paid fractions of their losses, have no idea how much morethey may get in the coming months.

'They don't know how long they'll have to hang on if they don'ttake this new quick cash route,' Kennon said. 'It could beconstrued as a pittance for folks who out of desperation have toget some cash now.'

The Gulf Coast Claims Facility has received more than 460,000requests for money. The facility has denied 233,000 of thosefilings.

Feinberg said up to 3,000 claims are 'very suspicious' and areunder review. Federal authorities say seven people have alreadybeen indicted for allegedly filing fraudulent damage claims.

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