Correspondence regarding payment of CEP Administration Fee, July 9, 1943
Correspondence, comprising a cover letter and cash receipt, regarding payment of administration fee of $4.30 owing to the Custodian of Enemy Property for the management of Ruggero Bacci's file, July 9, 1943.
Post-release, many internees were charged by the Custodian of Enemy Property (CEP) an administration fee for the handling of their affairs while interned. The CEP was a branch of the Canadian government that oversaw the administration of assets belonging to internees and other enemy aliens. Acting as a trustee for the internee/enemy alien, the office and its agents also protected the interests of the creditors. The CEP would pay off an internee’s debts by selling his or her property or businesses. It also collected money owed to internees by others. Families of internees often did not have access to the husband's assets and bank accounts. As a result, families often had to negotiate with the CEP for stipends for daily subsistence or use of assets like an automobile. In some cases, where assets were lacking, the CEP divested itself of any interest and left the families to fend for themselves. Each accounting firm hired by the CEP would bill an internee for administrative costs even though internees did not ask for the CEP to be involved.
This document forms part of a collection of documents and other materials on loan by the Bacci family. The letter measures 8 x 10 inches, while the receipt is 4 x ca. 7.75 inches.