B-112213, JAN. 23, 1956

B-112213: Jan 23, 1956

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EDWARDS: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR REPORT OF OCTOBER 13. YOU ALLEGE THAT IF SUCH CHECK WAS ENDORSED IN YOUR NAME THE ENDORSEMENT IS NOT GENUINE. YOUR CLAIM WAS DISALLOWED BY US ON SEPTEMBER 22. FOR THE REASON THAT AN INVESTIGATION BY THE UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE FAILED TO SUPPORT YOUR CONTENTION THAT THE CHECK WAS NOT NEGOTIATED BY YOU. WHO AT THE TIME WAS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THE FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE CASE CAREFULLY WERE REVIEWED IN OUR LETTER OF OCTOBER 20. YOU WERE ADVISED ON NOVEMBER 17. THOSE STATEMENTS BEING FOR THE MOST PART MERE RESTATEMENTS IN SUBSTANCE OF WHAT WAS BEFORE US AT THE TIMES YOUR CLAIM PREVIOUSLY WAS UNDER CONSIDERATION. SINCE THE EVIDENCE OF RECORD INDICATES THAT THE CHECK WAS RECEIVED AND NEGOTIATED BY YOU AS PREVIOUSLY FULLY EXPLAINED.

B-112213, JAN. 23, 1956

TO MR. SAMUEL A. EDWARDS:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR REPORT OF OCTOBER 13, 1955, ON FORM OA C795, TO THE BUREAU OF OLD-AGE AND SURVIVORS INSURANCE, SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, WHICH HAS BEEN REFERRED HERE FOR ATTENTION. YOU STATE THEREIN THAT YOU DID NOT RECEIVE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY CHECK FOR DECEMBER 1950, SAID CHECK BEING NO. 77,858,509, FOR $20.70, DRAWN TO YOUR ORDER ON JANUARY 3, 1951 BY DON ILER, SYMBOL 402. ALSO, YOU ALLEGE THAT IF SUCH CHECK WAS ENDORSED IN YOUR NAME THE ENDORSEMENT IS NOT GENUINE.

YOUR CLAIM WAS DISALLOWED BY US ON SEPTEMBER 22, 1952, FOR THE REASON THAT AN INVESTIGATION BY THE UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE FAILED TO SUPPORT YOUR CONTENTION THAT THE CHECK WAS NOT NEGOTIATED BY YOU. ALSO, THE EXAMINER OF QUESTIONED DOCUMENTS, A GOVERNMENT HANDWRITING EXPERT, HAD RENDERED AN OPINION THAT THE CHECK BEARS YOUR GENUINE ENDORSEMENT. RESPONSE TO A LETTER OF SEPTEMBER 30, 1952, WRITTEN IN YOUR BEHALF BY PRESENT SENATOR JOHN F. KENNEDY, WHO AT THE TIME WAS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE CASE CAREFULLY WERE REVIEWED IN OUR LETTER OF OCTOBER 20, 1952, TO HIM. FURTHER, UPON RECEIPT HERE OF YOUR NOTATIONS ON A COPY OF THAT LETTER TRANSMITTED TO YOU BY HIM, YOU WERE ADVISED ON NOVEMBER 17, 1952, THAT THERE APPEARED TO BE NOTHING IN YOUR NOTATIONS WARRANTING ANY FURTHER ACTION IN THE MATTER BY US, THOSE STATEMENTS BEING FOR THE MOST PART MERE RESTATEMENTS IN SUBSTANCE OF WHAT WAS BEFORE US AT THE TIMES YOUR CLAIM PREVIOUSLY WAS UNDER CONSIDERATION.

SIMILARLY, YOUR ABOVE-MENTIONED REPORT TO THE BUREAU OF OLD-AGE AND SURVIVORS INSURANCE CONTAINS NO ALLEGATIONS NOT PREVIOUSLY CONSIDERED AND FURNISHES NO BASIS FOR ANY ACTION OTHER THAN THAT PREVIOUSLY TAKEN ON YOUR CLAIM. SINCE NO ACCEPTABLE EVIDENCE HAS BEEN PRESENTED IN SUPPORT OF THE ALLEGATIONS MADE BY YOU, AND SINCE THE EVIDENCE OF RECORD INDICATES THAT THE CHECK WAS RECEIVED AND NEGOTIATED BY YOU AS PREVIOUSLY FULLY EXPLAINED, THE ACTION IN DISALLOWING YOUR CLAIM WAS CORRECT AND MUST BE ADHERED TO. ALSO, FURTHER SIMILAR CORRESPONDENCE IN THE MATTER WOULD SERVE NO USEFUL PURPOSE.