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Adoption Fraud #293650

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jan 05, 1984
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(Studio) Incr. in adoptions of Mexican babies by American couples reported.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(El Paso, Texas) Rising increase in baby broker fraud schemes in United States examined; Charlotte and Larry Phillips' experience cited as example [Charlotte PHILLIPS - notes lack of promised baby.] Extent of current investigations illustrated on map. [WOMAN - considers such con artist heartless.] Baby brokers Brian Martin Hall of El Paso, Texas, and Debbie Tanner of Wilcox, Arizona, examined. [TANNER - blames Mexican officials.] Source of Tanner and Hall's contacts with prospective parents noted include private adoption agencies and soc. workers. [Soc. WORKER - describes her unknowledgeable culpability.] Illegal alien Ermi1ia Hernandez reported hiring attorney to fined her children who she claims were taken from her by Tanner and Hall against her permission; details given. [HERNANDEZ - (thru translator) denies putting children up for adoption.] Tanner and Hall's reactions to allegations mentioned. [Kansas attorney general Robert STEPHAN - notes findings so far.] Difficulty in prosecuting baby brokers explained. [Charlotte PHILLIPS - wants to prevent other parents from being victimized.] Iowa reported filing consumer fraud suit against both Hall and Tanner; FBI mentioned investigating pair.
REPORTER: Carlos Aguilar

Reporter(s):
Aguilar, Carlos;
Rather, Dan
Duration:
00:03:40

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