B-86001/J), I-17000-323, FEB. 3, 1956

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WHICH WERE MADE ON THE BASIS OF YOUR CERTIFICATIONS RESPECTING THE DEPENDENCY STATUS OF YOUR MOTHER. WERE QUESTIONED IN A REPORT OF INVESTIGATION REFERRED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE. THE DETERMINATION THAT SHE WAS NOT IN FACT DEPENDENT ON YOU FOR CHIEF SUPPORT WAS AFFIRMED IN OUR LETTER OF DECEMBER 15. IT WAS STATED. WAS INFORMED IN OUR LETTER OF NOVEMBER 23. CONERLY'S PRESENT AFFIDAVIT WHICH IS TO THE EFFECT THAT. IT IS STATED THAT YOUR MOTHER RESIDED WITH HIM FROM JANUARY 1941 UNTIL HER DEATH IN DECEMBER 1949. WE WILL CONSIDER ANY ADDITIONAL PERTINENT AND MATERIAL EVIDENCE THAT YOU MAY HAVE TENDING TO ESTABLISH THAT YOU FURNISHED THE CHIEF SUPPORT OF YOUR MOTHER DURING THE PERIOD AUGUST 25.

B-86001/J), I-17000-323, FEB. 3, 1956

TO CAPTAIN LILLIAN JONES, USAF:

BY LETTER DATED JANUARY 5, 1956, HONORABLE JOHN SPARKMAN, UNITED STATES SENATE, FORWARDED TO US (1) A LETTER DATED DECEMBER 21, 1955, WRITTEN IN YOUR BEHALF BY MR. C. G. CONERLY, (2) YOUR LETTER OF DECEMBER 22, 1955, ADDRESSED TO US, AND (3) AN AFFIDAVIT EXECUTED BY MR. CONERLY ON DECEMBER 21, 1955; ALL CONCERNING YOUR INDEBTEDNESS TO THE UNITED STATES RESULTING FROM THE RECEIPT OF DEPENDENCY ALLOWANCE PAYMENTS AS AN OFFICER WITH A DEPENDENT MOTHER DURING THE PERIOD AUGUST 25, 1947, TO SEPTEMBER 30, 1949.

SUCH PAYMENTS, WHICH WERE MADE ON THE BASIS OF YOUR CERTIFICATIONS RESPECTING THE DEPENDENCY STATUS OF YOUR MOTHER, WERE QUESTIONED IN A REPORT OF INVESTIGATION REFERRED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE. INVESTIGATIONS MADE BY THE AIR FORCE AND OUR INVESTIGATORS INDICATED, BRIEFLY, THAT YOUR BROTHER FURNISHED ROOM AND BOARD TO YOUR MOTHER WITHOUT CHARGE NEARLY ALL OF THE TIME FROM JANUARY 1941 UNTIL HER DEATH ON DECEMBER 6, 1949, AND THAT YOU CONTRIBUTED LESS THAN YOUR BROTHER CONTRIBUTED TO YOUR MOTHER'S SUPPORT. THE DETERMINATION THAT SHE WAS NOT IN FACT DEPENDENT ON YOU FOR CHIEF SUPPORT WAS AFFIRMED IN OUR LETTER OF DECEMBER 15, 1954, B-86001/J), I-17000-323, TO SENATOR SPARKMAN. IT WAS STATED, HOWEVER, THAT EVERY CONSIDERATION WOULD BE GIVEN TO WHATEVER FURTHER EVIDENCE MIGHT BE PRESENTED TO ESTABLISH YOUR RIGHT TO RETAIN THE AMOUNT OF THE QUESTIONED PAYMENTS.

LATER, UPON THE RECEIPT OF FURTHER CORRESPONDENCE FROM MR. CONERLY SUGGESTING THAT HE HAD EVIDENCE TENDING TO ESTABLISH THAT YOU FURNISHED THE CHIEF SUPPORT OF YOUR MOTHER AND REQUESTING THAT YOUR CASE BE REOPENED, SENATOR SPARKMAN, WAS INFORMED IN OUR LETTER OF NOVEMBER 23, 1955, B-86001/J), I-17000-323, THAT WE WOULD CONSIDER ALL EVIDENCE THAT MIGHT BE PRESENTED IN YOUR BEHALF AND THAT ACTION ON THE GOVERNMENT'S CLAIM AGAINST YOU WOULD BE HELD IN ABEYANCE FOR 60 DAYS PENDING THE SUBMISSION OF SUCH EVIDENCE. NO ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE HAS BEEN SUBMITTED EXCEPT MR. CONERLY'S PRESENT AFFIDAVIT WHICH IS TO THE EFFECT THAT, CONTRARY TO THE EVIDENCE PREVIOUSLY DEVELOPED, YOUR MOTHER LIVED AT HIS HOME FROM SOMETIME IN JUNE 1949 UNTIL THE DATE OF HER DEATH IN THE EARLY PART OF DECEMBER 1949. IN VIEW OF THIS ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE COVERING, POSSIBLY FOUR MONTHS OF THE TWENTY-FIVE MONTH PERIOD INVOLVED (WHICH ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 1949), YOU AND MR. CONERLY AGAIN REQUEST THAT YOUR CASE BE REOPENED AND THAT ANOTHER INVESTIGATION BE MADE. IN THAT CONNECTION, IT MAY BE STATED THAT IN THE AFFIDAVIT OF YOUR BROTHER, MARVIN L. JONES, DATED JULY 14, 1953, IT IS STATED THAT YOUR MOTHER RESIDED WITH HIM FROM JANUARY 1941 UNTIL HER DEATH IN DECEMBER 1949, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF APPROXIMATELY TWO MONTHS DURING WHICH SHE VISITED HIS AUNT IN SELMA, ALABAMA.

AS EXPLAINED IN PREVIOUS CORRESPONDENCE RESPECTING THIS MATTER, WE WILL CONSIDER ANY ADDITIONAL PERTINENT AND MATERIAL EVIDENCE THAT YOU MAY HAVE TENDING TO ESTABLISH THAT YOU FURNISHED THE CHIEF SUPPORT OF YOUR MOTHER DURING THE PERIOD AUGUST 25, 1947, TO SEPTEMBER 30, 1949, AND CONTROVERTING THE PRESENT RECORD. MR. CONERLY'S AVERMENT THAT, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF A FEW DAYS, YOUR MOTHER LIVED AT HIS HOME FROM JUNE 1949, UNTIL THE DATE OF HER DEATH IN THE EARLY PART OF DECEMBER 1949, RATHER THAN AT THE HOME OF YOUR BROTHER, MARVIN L. JONES, SHOULD BE CORROBORATED BY THE AFFIDAVITS OF SEVERAL DISINTERESTED PERSONS HAVING KNOWLEDGE OF THE FACTS, SHOWING (1) THE EXACT PERIOD OR PERIODS OF YOUR MOTHER'S RESIDENCE IN MR. CONERLY'S HOME, (2) HER LIVING ARRANGEMENTS, (3) THE AVERAGE MONTHLY AMOUNT OF HER INCOME FROM SOURCES OTHER THAN YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS (INCLUDING THE REASONABLE VALUE OF ANY BOARD AND ROOM FURNISHED BY MR. CONERLY WITHOUT CHARGE), (4) THE AVERAGE MONTHLY AMOUNT OF YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO HER SUPPORT, AND (5) THE AVERAGE MONTHLY AMOUNT OF HER LIVING EXPENSES DURING THAT PERIOD. ANY ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE RESPECTING THE DEPENDENCY STATUS OF YOUR MOTHER DURING THE TWENTY-ONE MONTH PERIOD FROM AUGUST 25, 1947, TO "JUNE 1949," LIKEWISE SHOULD BE CORROBORATED BY DISINTERESTED PERSONS.

ACTION ON THE GOVERNMENT'S CLAIM AGAINST YOU WILL BE HELD IN ABEYANCE FOR ANOTHER 60 DAYS PENDING THE SUBMISSION OF EVIDENCE CONTROVERTING THAT PREVIOUSLY DEVELOPED REGARDING THE DEPENDENCY STATUS OF YOUR MOTHER.