B-129001, SEP. 5, 1956

B-129001: Sep 5, 1956

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VON SEEBERG: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR REPORTED INDEBTEDNESS TO THE UNITED STATES IN THE AMOUNT OF $165.66. REPRESENTING MONETARY ALLOWANCE IN LIEU OF TRANSPORTATION FOR TRAVEL ALLEGED TO HAVE BEEN PERFORMED BY YOUR DEPENDENTS (WIFE AND TWO CHILDREN). WE HAVE REEXAMINED THE BASIS FOR THE REPORTED INDEBTEDNESS PURSUANT TO THE REQUEST OF THE HONORABLE GEORGE GRANT. YOU WERE DIRECTED TO REPORT FOR DUTY AT BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE. WHILE YOU WERE STATIONED AT BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE YOU RECEIVED ORDERS DATED AUGUST 15. INCIDENT TO THAT ASSIGNMENT YOU SUBMITTED A VOUCHER IN THE AMOUNT OF $114.96 SHOWING THAT YOUR DEPENDENTS WERE AT BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE. WHEN THOSE ORDERS WERE RECEIVED AND THAT THEY TRAVELED TO LOCKBOURNE AIR FORCE BASE.

B-129001, SEP. 5, 1956

TO MR. JAMES H. VON SEEBERG:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR REPORTED INDEBTEDNESS TO THE UNITED STATES IN THE AMOUNT OF $165.66, REPRESENTING MONETARY ALLOWANCE IN LIEU OF TRANSPORTATION FOR TRAVEL ALLEGED TO HAVE BEEN PERFORMED BY YOUR DEPENDENTS (WIFE AND TWO CHILDREN), FROM MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA, TO BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, LOUISIANA, ON JUNE 11 AND 12, 1951, AND FOR TRAVEL PERFORMED BY THEM FROM BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE TO LOCKBOURNE AIR FORCE BASE, OHIO, BETWEEN AUGUST 21 TO 24, 1951. WE HAVE REEXAMINED THE BASIS FOR THE REPORTED INDEBTEDNESS PURSUANT TO THE REQUEST OF THE HONORABLE GEORGE GRANT, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

BY SPECIAL ORDERS NO. 45, DATED FEBRUARY 24, 1951, YOU WERE DIRECTED TO REPORT FOR DUTY AT BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, LOUISIANA, NOT LATER THAN MARCH 17, 1951. INCIDENT TO THAT ASSIGNMENT YOU SUBMITTED A VOUCHER IN THE AMOUNT OF $50.70 SHOWING THAT YOUR DEPENDENTS TRAVELED FROM MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA, TO BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, LOUISIANA, BETWEEN THE DATES JUNE 11 AND 12, 1951. WHILE YOU WERE STATIONED AT BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE YOU RECEIVED ORDERS DATED AUGUST 15, 1951, ASSIGNING YOU TO LOCKBOURNE AIR FORCE BASE, OHIO. INCIDENT TO THAT ASSIGNMENT YOU SUBMITTED A VOUCHER IN THE AMOUNT OF $114.96 SHOWING THAT YOUR DEPENDENTS WERE AT BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, LOUISIANA, WHEN THOSE ORDERS WERE RECEIVED AND THAT THEY TRAVELED TO LOCKBOURNE AIR FORCE BASE, OHIO, BETWEEN AUGUST 21 TO 24, 1951. IT IS YOUR CONTENTION THAT THE TRAVEL IN EACH INSTANCE WAS PERFORMED FOR THE PURPOSE OF ESTABLISHING A RESIDENCE AND ON THAT BASIS THE DISBURSING OFFICER PAID YOU THE AMOUNT IN QUESTION.

WHEN THE DISBURSING OFFICER'S ACCOUNTS WERE AUDITED AN EXCEPTION WAS RAISED TO THE PAYMENTS MADE FOR THE REASON THAT OTHER INFORMATION INDICATED THE TRAVEL MAY NOT HAVE BEEN PERFORMED AS CLAIMED. FOR EXAMPLE, CLASS Q ALLOTMENT CHECKS DATED JULY 1, AUGUST 1 AND SEPTEMBER 1, 1951, APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN ENDORSED BY YOUR WIFE AND NEGOTIATED AT MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA, ON JULY 7, AUGUST 15 AND SEPTEMBER 6, 1951, RESPECTIVELY. IT IS NOTED THAT EACH OF THESE CHECKS WAS NEGOTIATED FOR CASH. THE CHECK DATED JULY 1 WAS PAID IN CASH BY THE UNION BANK AND TRUST COMPANY, MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA, AND CHECKS DATED AUGUST 1 AND SEPTEMBER 1, 1951, SHOW THAT THEY WERE NEGOTIATED FOR CASH AT THE LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY OF GEORGIA, MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA, AND LIBERTY NATIONAL LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY, MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA, RESPECTIVELY. THESE CHECK TRANSACTIONS INDICATE THAT YOUR WIFE WAS IN ALABAMA RATHER THAN AT BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, LOUISIANA, OR LOCKBOURNE AIR FORCE BASE, OHIO, AS CLAIMED. IN THE ABSENCE OF EVIDENCE TO CLARIFY THE SITUATION, THE DEBT CHARGE AGAINST YOU MAY NOT BE REMOVED. IF YOU CAN FURNISH US INFORMATION CONCERNING THE CASHING OF THOSE CHECKS AND THE WHEREABOUTS OF YOUR WIFE DURING JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST 1951, FURTHER CONSIDERATION WILL BE GIVEN THE MATTER. SUCH ADDITIONAL INFORMATION MAY BE IN THE FORM OF RENT RECEIPTS, UTILITY BILLS, THIRD- PARTY AFFIDAVITS, OR OTHER SIMILAR EVIDENCE.