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Title 38Chapter IPart 42 → §42.5

Title 38: Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief

§42.5   Review by the reviewing official.

(a) The report of the investigating official will be examined by the reviewing official to determine if there is adequate evidence to believe a person is liable under §42.3 of this part. The review will be completed within 90 days.

(b) If, based on the report of the investigating official under §42.4(b) of this part, the reviewing official determines that there is adequate evidence to believe that a person is liable under §42.3 of this part, the reviewing official shall transmit to the Attorney General a written notice of the reviewing official's intention to issue a complaint under §42.7 of this part.

(c) The notice shall include—

(1) A statement of the reviewing official's reasons for issuing a complaint;

(2) A statement specifying the evidence that supports the allegations of liability;

(3) A description of the claims or statements upon which the allegations of liability are based;

(4) An estimate of the amount of money or the value of property, services, or other benefits requested or demanded in violation of §42.3 of this part;

(5) A statement of any exculpatory or mitigating circumstances that may relate to the claims or statements known by the reviewing official or the investigating official; and

(6) A statement that there is a reasonable prospect of collecting an appropriate amount of penalties and assessments.

(d) If the reviewing official finds that there is not adequate evidence that a person is liable, the reviewing official will inform the department or office of the Department of Veterans Affairs concerned with the claim or statement and the investigating official.

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