Special Agent Charles Winstead's Expense Records
In January, 2010, Mr. Doug Latimer allowed us to examine, and duplicate here, the expense records of Winstead of which Mr. Latimer owns. Mr. Latimer purchased Winstead's home after his death and these records were in the house. They have been examined and several items of interest have been displayed here. As is the case still today, in order for FBI Agents to be reimbursed for expenses while away from their assigned Field Office, detailed records had to be kept by the Agents and submitted on weekly or monthly vouchers.
In 1934, the allowed daily expense for Agents was $5 which included hotel, meals, telephone use, etc. and receipts were required for reimbursement. As you'll see, Winstead incorporated a note or two in the expense diaries about cases he worked. Noted are his comments regarding his entry onto the job in 1926, Dillinger, "Ma" Barker in Florida and in the company of "Doc" White, and his resignation in 1942 after turning down a disciplinary transfer for a comment he made to a news reporter.