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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Miami, Florida: Brian Ross) Customs Department reported auctioning items confiscated during drug busts; details given of records indicating losses over past three years; scenes shown. Beaumont, Texas, grand jury reported examining evidence with regard to Customs Department auctions; affidavits quoted re: allegations against Northrop Corporation Texas banker George Talbert's questions re: confiscation auctions noted starting investigation; details given. [TALBERT - says Northrop's handling of confiscated car was not right.] [MEN - express shock when told amount Northrop chgd. to tow car.] Northrop official responsible for auctions, Roy Hooks, reported under investigation for lying to federal agents. [Former Customs financial ofr. Linda GIBBS - says she was fired when she refused to cover up losses of revenue from auctions.] [Customs commissioner William VON RAAB - says Gibbs is lying.] Cmtes. in both House of Representatives and Senator reported investigating alleged Customs cover-up. [Representative Richard SCHULZE - says auctions should not lose money.]
- Brokaw, Tom;
- Ross, Brian
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