CBS Evening News for Friday, Dec 21, 1979
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(Studio) Report on charity fraud introduced
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(NYC) Size of charity business noted [American Legion spokesperson - makes pitch for "Gifts for Yanks."] American Legion post in Bexley, Ohio, reported taken in by entertainers at benefit performance. [James THOMAS - announces show.] Thomas identification as producer of show. [THOMAS - speaks of promotion.] Promoters reported getting most of gate receipts. Thomas said under court order forbidding him to put on shows in Ohio. [THOMAS - speaks of court order.] [American Legion Gerry YOKUM - says Thomas was named as promoter.] Better Business Bureau warning noted. [YOKUM - changes practice of promoters like stealing.] Cost to all taxpayers for charity frauds noted. [Author "Charity USA" Carl BAKAL - calls for agency to supervise charities.] [Representative Barber CONABLE - dislikes agency control.] Most charities said legitimate. Scenes from Jerry Lewis telethon for muscular dystrophy shown. [Ohio attorney general William J. BROWN - objects to agency control.] Take of fraudulent charities estimated $1 billion annually. [Woman SANTA - seeks contribution.]
REPORTER: John Sheahan (Muscular Dystrophy tape)
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