Unless a settlement is effected out of court a civil suit against Charles A. Levine may be brought by the government to recover more than $500,000 in connection with war contracts, it was declared at the Department of Justice, a dispatch from Washington to the Herald Tribune states, Counsel for Levine and government attorneys are attempting to effect a settlement without recourse to the courts.
The case against Levine grew out of freight charges on war surplus material which he sold for the government on commission, it was stated. The government’s contention is that Levine deducted the freight charges out of the government share of the proceeds of the sale, and made no reduction from his share for transportation charges.
The Department of Justice has completed the documents for a civil suit to recover from Levine and had intended filing the action in the courts upon the return of the flyer to this country.
New York City will officially welcome Charles A. Levine upon his return from Europe late this month, Grover A. Whalen, Chairman of the Mayor’s Reception Committee, stated. Levine is expected to sail for home on the Leviathan, Oct. 11.
There was some question whether Levine, who flew to Europe with Clarence D. Chamberlin in the Columbia, would be given an official reception. Mr. Whalen said there had been insufficient time to make plans for the Levine reception, but that there surely would be one.
“Levine will be welcomed in the manner which his accomplishment deserves,” said Mr. Whalen.
It is understood that Levine will be welcomed by Mayor Walker at City Hall.