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Food Stamps / Bergland / Florida #250429

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 15, 1977
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(Studio) Agriculture Secretary Robert Bergland says he believes most people recing. food stamps need them, but Department will make new control effort with regard to abuses. "Orlando" (Florida) "Sentinel-Sun" reports today on black market food stamp operation; details noted. Also in Florida, crop damage brings more reported abuses.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Fort Myers, Florida) Report on food stamp abuses here. Case cited of reporters Bill Sloat and Randy White of "Fort Myers News-Press", who posed as persons hurt economically by weather. [SLOAT - says outside food stamp office, people try to buy food stamps.] [WHITE - cites cases of fraud when they were there.] State's attorney says abuses rampant and orders probe, but state program admins. say fraud rare and cheaters risk jail. [Employment compensation manager Luella MULLENS - cites statement applicant must sign; says business must be done on honor system.] Only fraud complaint filed so far is against Sloat.
REPORTER: Bernard Goldberg

Cronkite, Walter;
Goldberg, Bernard

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