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IRS Spy Network #36287

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 18, 1975
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(Studio) Over wkend., there were published reports about alleged IRS (Internal Revenue Service) spy network assigned to gather information on sex and drinking habits of prominent people. Miami woman, Elsa Swarez, says she was recruited in 1972 to pick up dirt on 30 prominent judges and pols. in Miami area. IRS (Internal Revenue Service) commissioner Don. Alexander conducting own investigation into matter.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(NYC) Elizabeth Bettner also undercover agent for IRS. [BETTNER - says she was involved in Florida pols., so it was easy to get information about other pols. Admits doing some spying on former Florida governor Claude Kirk.] Bettner says she gathered enough information to help get Senator Edward Gurney indicted. [BETTNER - claims credit for gathering information on several prominent Florida pols.; names given. Feels no remorse about turning in names and info. supplied to IRS.] Ms. Bettner says IRS (Internal Revenue Service) agent Cotton Smith her supervisor; Smith denies being her boss.
REPORTER: Lem Tucker

(Studio) ABC to present "IRS: A Question of Power" this Thursday, March 21, at 10 p.m. EDT.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Reporter(s):
Reasoner, Harry;
Tucker, Lem
Duration:
00:04:20

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