B-125246, SEP. 1, 1955

B-125246: Sep 1, 1955

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WERE TRANSMITTED HERE FOR REPLY. YOUR CLAIM FOR SUCH AMOUNT WAS PREVIOUSLY DISALLOWED BY SETTLEMENT OF OUR OFFICE DATED MAY 5. AS YOU WERE PREVIOUSLY ADVISED. YOUR CLAIM AND THE RELATED FILE WERE SUBMITTED TO THE EXAMINER OF QUESTIONED DOCUMENTS. MUST BE CONSIDERED CONCLUSIVE OF THE QUESTION WHETHER THE CHECK WAS RECEIVED AND NEGOTIATED BY YOU. YOU HAVE FURNISHED NO EVIDENCE IN SUPPORT OF YOUR CLAIM OTHER THAN YOUR OWN SELF-SERVING ALLEGATION THAT YOU DID NOT RECEIVE AND NEGOTIATE THE CHECK. SUCH UNSUPPORTED STATEMENT IS INSUFFICIENT TO OVERCOME THE PRESUMPTION OF CORRECTNESS WHICH MUST BE ACCORDED THE OPINION OF THE GOVERNMENT'S HANDWRITING EXPERT. IS SUSTAINED.

B-125246, SEP. 1, 1955

TO MR. MILTON H. JEWELL:

YOUR LETTERS OF MAY 12, 1955, AND JULY 22, 1955, TO THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT AND YOUR LETTER OF JULY 2, 1955, TO THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION RELATIVE TO YOUR CLAIM FOR THE PROCEEDS OF TREASURY (SPECIAL DIVIDEND NSLI) CHECK NO. 3,532,330, IN THE AMOUNT OF $209, WERE TRANSMITTED HERE FOR REPLY. YOUR CLAIM FOR SUCH AMOUNT WAS PREVIOUSLY DISALLOWED BY SETTLEMENT OF OUR OFFICE DATED MAY 5, 1953.

AS YOU WERE PREVIOUSLY ADVISED, YOUR CLAIM AND THE RELATED FILE WERE SUBMITTED TO THE EXAMINER OF QUESTIONED DOCUMENTS, A GOVERNMENT HANDWRITING EXPERT, WHO REPORTED THAT IN HIS OPINION THE CHECK BEARS YOUR GENUINE INDORSEMENT. SUCH OPINION, IN THE ABSENCE OF ANY EVIDENCE TO THE CONTRARY, MUST BE CONSIDERED CONCLUSIVE OF THE QUESTION WHETHER THE CHECK WAS RECEIVED AND NEGOTIATED BY YOU.

YOU HAVE FURNISHED NO EVIDENCE IN SUPPORT OF YOUR CLAIM OTHER THAN YOUR OWN SELF-SERVING ALLEGATION THAT YOU DID NOT RECEIVE AND NEGOTIATE THE CHECK. SUCH UNSUPPORTED STATEMENT IS INSUFFICIENT TO OVERCOME THE PRESUMPTION OF CORRECTNESS WHICH MUST BE ACCORDED THE OPINION OF THE GOVERNMENT'S HANDWRITING EXPERT. ACCORDINGLY, THE SETTLEMENT OF MAY 5, 1953, IS SUSTAINED.