B-131095, MAR. 26, 1957

B-131095: Mar 26, 1957

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ARBOLEDA: THIS IS IN REPLY TO YOUR UNDATED LETTER. PARTICULARLY SINCE YOU HAVE STATED THAT YOU NEVER RECEIVED THE ABOVE DESCRIBED CHECK. THE RECORD SHOWS THAT THIS CHECK WAS DULY ISSUED AND NEGOTIATED IN DUE COURSE AND THEREAFTER PAID BY THE TREASURER OF THE UNITED STATES. WE WERE NOT PLACED ON NOTICE OF YOUR CLAIM ALLEGING ITS NONRECEIPT UNTIL MORE THAN TEN YEARS AFTER THE CHECK WAS DRAWN. THAT IS ON FEBRUARY 26. THIS CHECK HAS BEEN DESTROYED AND IT IS NOT NOW AVAILABLE FOR EXAMINATION AS TO THE ENDORSEMENT WHICH APPEARED THEREON. OUR OFFICE DOES NOT HAVE ANY DISCRETION IN CASES OF THIS KIND. IS COMPELLED TO STRICTLY FOLLOW THE FEDERAL STATUTE (31 U.S.C. 122) WHICH PROVIDES FOR THE BARRING OF ALL CLAIMS ON ACCOUNT OF CHECKS APPEARING TO HAVE BEEN PAID UNLESS SUCH CLAIMS ARE PRESENTED TO THE GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WITHIN SIX YEARS AFTER DATE OF ISSUANCE.

B-131095, MAR. 26, 1957

TO MR. IGMEDIO P. ARBOLEDA:

THIS IS IN REPLY TO YOUR UNDATED LETTER, FORWARDED TO THIS OFFICE BY THE AMERICAN LEGION, IN WHICH YOU REQUEST A RECONSIDERATION OF OUR SETTLEMENT OF MAY 15, 1956, WHICH DISALLOWED YOUR CLAIM FOR THE PROCEEDS OF CHECK NO. 6,550,315, DATED NOVEMBER 1945, IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,068, ISSUED BY F. L. LAFON, SYMBOL 213-755. THIS CHECK HAS BEEN SUBSEQUENTLY PAID AND DESTROYED PURSUANT TO LAW.

OUR OFFICE ALWAYS GIVES CAREFUL ATTENTION TO CLAIMS OF THIS NATURE, PARTICULARLY SINCE YOU HAVE STATED THAT YOU NEVER RECEIVED THE ABOVE DESCRIBED CHECK. THE RECORD SHOWS THAT THIS CHECK WAS DULY ISSUED AND NEGOTIATED IN DUE COURSE AND THEREAFTER PAID BY THE TREASURER OF THE UNITED STATES. WE WERE NOT PLACED ON NOTICE OF YOUR CLAIM ALLEGING ITS NONRECEIPT UNTIL MORE THAN TEN YEARS AFTER THE CHECK WAS DRAWN, THAT IS ON FEBRUARY 26, 1956.

PURSUANT TO THE LAW, THIS CHECK HAS BEEN DESTROYED AND IT IS NOT NOW AVAILABLE FOR EXAMINATION AS TO THE ENDORSEMENT WHICH APPEARED THEREON.

OUR OFFICE DOES NOT HAVE ANY DISCRETION IN CASES OF THIS KIND, BUT IS COMPELLED TO STRICTLY FOLLOW THE FEDERAL STATUTE (31 U.S.C. 122) WHICH PROVIDES FOR THE BARRING OF ALL CLAIMS ON ACCOUNT OF CHECKS APPEARING TO HAVE BEEN PAID UNLESS SUCH CLAIMS ARE PRESENTED TO THE GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WITHIN SIX YEARS AFTER DATE OF ISSUANCE.

ACCORDINGLY, WE ARE COMPELLED TO ADVISE YOU THAT NO FURTHER ACTION CAN BE TAKEN BY OUR OFFICE WITH REFERENCE TO YOUR CLAIM.