U.S. Sues Peoples Temple for Costs of Repatriation and Identification

Following the repatriation of the bodies from Guyana and the identification of the remains at Dover Air Force Base, the U.S. government took several avenues to try to reclaim the costs that it had incurred in the process. One means – which apparently did not get past the initial correspondence – was to bill the officers of the defunct Peoples Temple corporation. A concurrent approach was to file suit against the Temple in all of its various corporate entities, including in California, Guyana, and Panama.

The claims filed in this suit, as well as those of lawsuits filed by relatives and survivors, were eventually settled by the court-appointed Receiver.

United States v. Peoples Temple lawsuit of January 22, 1979, RYMUR 89-4286-1580, pp. 2-5