NBC Evening News for Monday, Dec 15, 1980
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REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Chicago, Illinois) Network investigation of Chicago office of Veterans Administration said revealing major scandal, cover-up and fraud; estimated amount vets bilked federal government out of ntnwide. last year noted. Details of system outlined, discussed. Findings of Veterans Administration survey at Northeastern Illinois Univ. listed on screen; Veterans Administration official Don. Ramsey, urged in memo by aide to report situation to FBI, noted yet to take action. Referral of some cases to United States attorney's. ofc. hrs. before interview with Ramsey noted. [RAMSEY - comments.] Ramsey and other Chicago Veterans Administration officials said now under FBI investigation; FBI said also investigating staff mbrs at Northeastern Illinois Univ. and vets. Similar situation at nearby Du Page College outlined. [Veterans Administration spokesperson David HEATH - comments.] Veterans Administration said allegedly halting investigations of fraud at Olive-Harvey and Kennedy- King city colleges; details given. Letter ordering halt to investigation shown, quoted in part on screen. Estimated losses at all 4 schools and ntnwide. noted.
REPORTER: Mark Nykanen