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Ethiopian Famine Aid Scandal #92087

ABC Evening News for Monday, Jan 14, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Los Angeles, California) Allegations of fraudulent famine relief aid fund raising by International Christian Aid (ICA) organization recalled; background of Joe Bass, founder of Interaid of which ICA is a division, described, include his 1979 arrest by FBI on fraud chgs. [BASS - denies current allegations of fraud; welcomes independent audit.] California attorney general's office said announcing plans for audit as part of its investigation into ICA activities; number separate inquiries into Bass at present mentioned.
REPORTER: Gary Shepard

(Studio) ICA's claims of attempt to contact ABC in Ethiopia and Ethiopian relief headquarters's inability to confirm organization's presence there noted. No. cntrys. in which Bass claims ICA sponsor relief efforts recalled.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Nairobi, Kenya) ICA's fund-raising approach described, illustrated in TV commercials featuring Bass; ICA's economy gain from its adopt-a-child program noted. Kenyan orphans "George" and "Grace" said among those allegedly sponsored by ICA with food, hsing. and other needs. [Guardian ROSE - claims children receive soap, a blanket once a year, no food, nothing for hsing. nor letters from American sponsors who send money to ICA monthly for George and Grace.] ["Celestine's" GUARDIAN - describes parcel sent annually by ICA; notes food is never recd., nor support for education, hsing.] Amt. contributed annually by sponsors and cost of parcel ICA sends children once a year compared. [Former ICA employee Marilyn NEWMAN - describes ICA's demand for thousands of pictures of children while never providing care for orphans allegedly under their sponsorship.] Newman noted leaving ICA several years ago because of organization's fraudulent practices, yet ICA conts. using her in its appeals for funds; commercial featuring Newman shown. [NEWMAN - feels Africans have been deceived too long.]
REPORTER: Karen Burnes

(Studio) Tomorrow's segment on ICA announced.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Burnes, Karen;
Jennings, Peter;
Shepard, Gary

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