Feinberg said he would be "extremely lenient" in documentation requirements. "I don't need reams and reams of stuff. But you've got to document your claim. 'Mr. Feinberg, I'm losing $5,000 a month, I can't fish.' Well, document it. 'But it's an all-cash business.' Fine, there are lots of cash businesses. Document it. You have a tax return? Do you have a profit-and-loss statement?"
There were lingering suspicions about Feinberg himself. Shrimp boat owner Ha Nguyen wanted to know how much BP was paying him to take on this job.