U.S. Supreme Court
United States v. Wilson, 168 U.S. 273 (1897)
United States v. Wilson
Submitted October 26, 1897
Decided November 29, 1897
168 U.S. 273
When a consul of the United States, in his regular accounts and settlements with the Treasury, charges himself with fees received by him as consul for which he is not obliged to account, and pays the same into the Treasury with each settlement, and retires, and makes his final settlement with the Treasury on the same basis, he cannot, in an action commenced in the Court of Claims three years after his retirement, recover back such payments, but they will be regarded as wholly voluntary payments.
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