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10 Thursday, March 16, 1944 MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE War Brings Racketeers to Prey on Public By ARLEXE WOLF AP Features Writer World v/ar II is a field day for phonies. W h i l e America's servicemen battle on the war fronts, the FBI and other agencies are fighting the phony war on the home front. They're tracking down an ever-increasing number of war frauds-from phony war heroes to organized rackets which fleece servicemen and their relatives. Playing upon the emotions oÂ£ servicemen's families is one of the most ghoulish rackets. Casualty lists are good hunting grounds for fiends like one in New York who wrote dunning letters to dead servicemen, 'and counted on the bereaved families' sense of obligation to pay up. Others obtained juicy fees for "oil" paintings of men killed in action, theft refused to return original photographs until families p a i d exorbitant prices for ordinary enlarged color photographs. Hundreds of cases of illegal use of military uniforms are on record. Many phony war heroes of both sexes used tall battle (ales to cash no-account checks, avoid payment of bills, or just set in the social swim. . Before Washington FBI agents caught up with him, one "major" in army intelligence had proposed to and been accepted by 3 women from whom he obtained about $1,000. He also established a $73,000 bank account with a fraudulent checks. Women bigamists have married several servicemen to c o l l e c t multiple allotment checks. Whole businesses have been founded on defrauding servicemen and their families. One mail ordei house was doing nicely selling service kits until a Philadelphia concern wanted to order severa hundred. A 52 writing kit turned out to be a 15 page pad and 10 "envelopes, worth 25 cents. False weight labels misrepresented food items in other kits. Fund-raising p h o n i e s h a v e milked the public of thousands of dollars. One brash outfit invited the public to pay 10 cents for the privilege of signing a petition to the president that America would OSCO DRUG SAVINGS! THURSDAY - FRIDAY - SATURDAY $":'?. ... Lunch Kits SCISSORS STATIONERY $1.00. Sheerweight. (100 Sheets, 36 Envelopes) Box. BLOOD MONEY --Anxious mothers who had not heard from sons in uniform for months were duped by imposters claiming to be from the soldier's relative unit of the army (there is no such unit) into giving funds for boy's last trip home before going overseas. win the war. War orphans presumably were to be the benefi- iaries. Even Park Avenue debs were duped into soliciting funds for a Park Avenue canteen, until authorities found the overhead was unusually large and the promoter was convicted for soliciting funds without a license. Frauds follow the trend of the times closely, A. E. Backman, director of the division of solicitation of the National Better Business bureau, has found. Possibilities of air attack brought so-called air raid precaution experts who solicited work at large industrial corporations. At least one was found to be a former em- ploye of the Japanese government. Casualty lists inspired honor roll salesmen, who charged fancy prices for simple paper paste-ups INCOME TAX Service Bureau 213 FIRST NATIONAL BANK BLDG. TELEPHONE 1026 a child could do. War gave new impetus io the old phony gasoline tablet which supposedly produced gas w h e 11 dropped into a water-filled tank. And one man was convicted for swindling 3 others in a scheme to make a tire-puncture proofing compound. Although records show an increase in fraud for war years, Mr. Backman expects an even greater increase w h e n victory comes- particularly in security frauds. "A new generation of security investors is being educated now through the purchase of war bonds," he says. "People who never owned a security before will cashing in bonds and looking ^or investments Returning soldiers will have mustering out pay." Campaigns have already been instituted to warn the public about post-war, as well as war-time frauds. The whole idea, says Mr. Backman, is to remember: ''Before you invest, investigate." Grocers and Butchers Do OPA Self Policing Columbus. Ohio, (U.R)--Ration Board No. 1, largest in the city has instituted a new plan which will be a "guinea pig" experimen in self-policing of grocers anc butchers. The Columbus Retail Grocers association furnished 2 of its members lor a grocers panel and 2 butchers were assigned to anoth- panel to "police" city retail grocers and butchers for price violations. The plan was devised after an OPA officer charged widespread violation of price restrictions. Grocers said the violations were due to "confusion." "When a violator is called in now, he will feel he is talking to his own contemporaries, who actually understand his difficulties," H. E. Nation, association secretary, said. "Repeat violators will be referred to the district OPA office for action." COSMETICS NEW SHOES are arriving daily Our buyer has just returned from all the markets of the country--and for days shoes of the finest quality have been arriving--these are all nationally advertised brands that you have been waiting for--Styles? We should say so--It will pay you to shop early for Easter. Downstairs Store $4-45 to 4 MEN'S Counterfeit Gas Coupons "Big Racket" Washington. Â«)--OPA Admin istrator Chester Bowles Wcdnes day planned to renew his figh for money from congress to bu evidence against gasoline coupo counterfeiters, described as "no\ the biggest racket in the Unitec States." Bowles is expected to bear do\v on the point that lack of funds t buy up some of the bogus coupon which he says are in circulation the agency's No. 1 handicap in i efforts to smash organized coun terfeiting rings. He Will carry his case before congress when he is called to testify soon on legislation extending the life oÂ£ OPA, now due to expire June 30. As one OPA enforcement official put it, "we have to operate now with one hand tied behind us." In announcing Tuesday that the basic "A" ration of midwest and far west motorists will be cut from 3 to 2 gallons a week effective March 22 along,wiih tightening of supplementary "B" rations, OPA officials said the principal reason was a reduction of second quarter allocations. But they made it plain that daily loss of 2,500,000 gallons to the black market was also a big factor. Even before the new cut, Bowles had estimated that the ration of low-mileage motorists could be at least 25 per cent larger if it were not for the drain of illegal sales. Funds allowing OPA to purchase evidence were cut from the agency's current budget by congress. Officials claim that as a result, they have had to pass up numerous opportunities to trap counterfeiters. In support of the eSfecliveness of e v i d e n c e purchasing, th agency points to an instance on the west coast where enforcemen agents put up $500 of persona funds to acquire black market coupons. As a result, 23 peddlers of illegal stamps were arrested. The money was marked and the agents will get it back, but they'll have to wait for conclusion of court action against those apprehended. CHEN YU Nail Lacquer FOAMING BATH. 12 Sachet Baths LUXOR COLOGNE, I!/, oz. bottle WOODSPICE TALCUM, Box REVLON NAIL ENAMEL, Bottle BUBBLE BATH. Ever Yours, 10 oz. box . . . . CUTEX SJ.25 Manicure Set, Box . 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