B-142156, OCT. 12, 1960

B-142156: Oct 12, 1960

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YOU WISH TO OFFER TO PAY A REASONABLE AMOUNT IN SATISFACTION OF YOUR INDEBTEDNESS AND WILL SEND US A CHECK OR MONEY ORDER DRAWN TO THE UNITED STATES GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE FOR SUCH AMOUNT WE WILL UNDERTAKE TO HAVE YOUR OFFICE CONSIDERED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AS AN OFFER IN EXCHANGE FOR A COVENANT BY THE GOVERNMENT NOT TO SUE YOU FOR THE BALANCE OF THE DEBT. IN THE EVENT YOUR OFFER IS NOT ACCEPTED.

B-142156, OCT. 12, 1960

TO MRS. DON VAN ATTA:

WE WISH TO ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIPT OF YOUR LETTER OF SEPTEMBER 29, 1960, CONCERNING YOUR INDEBTEDNESS TO THE GOVERNMENT AND TO INFORM YOU THAT THE HONORABLE JACKSON E. BETTS, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AGAIN HAS WRITTEN US IN YOUR BEHALF REQUESTING INFORMATION WHETHER IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE TO ARRANGE SOME SORT OF SETTLEMENT SO THAT THE AMOUNT OF YOUR DEBT MIGHT BE REDUCED.

BY LETTER OF TODAY WE EXPLAINED TO MR. BETTS THAT OUR OFFICE HAS NO LEGAL AUTHORITY TO ACCEPT A LESSER AMOUNT THAN THAT DUE THE UNITED STATES IN SATISFACTION OF A DEBT, ANY OFFER FOR SETTLEMENT ON THAT BASIS BEING A MATTER FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. IF, HOWEVER, YOU WISH TO OFFER TO PAY A REASONABLE AMOUNT IN SATISFACTION OF YOUR INDEBTEDNESS AND WILL SEND US A CHECK OR MONEY ORDER DRAWN TO THE UNITED STATES GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE FOR SUCH AMOUNT WE WILL UNDERTAKE TO HAVE YOUR OFFICE CONSIDERED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AS AN OFFER IN EXCHANGE FOR A COVENANT BY THE GOVERNMENT NOT TO SUE YOU FOR THE BALANCE OF THE DEBT, WHICH WOULD RESERVE THE GOVERNMENT'S RIGHT OF ACTION AGAINST YOUR BROTHER, AS A PARTY ALSO LIABLE. IN THE EVENT YOUR OFFER IS NOT ACCEPTED, YOUR REMITTANCE WOULD BE RETURNED, BUT IT WOULD THEN BE NECESSARY TO LOOK TO YOU FOR PAYMENT OF THE ENTIRE BALANCE DUE ($770).