February 14, 1942

First Incident in Nation
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—An Indiana company and two of its officers were indicted yesterday for violating the tire rationing program that has been in place since December 27 last. A Federal grand jury for southern Indiana returned the indictment against the LaSalle Motor Sales Corporation of Boonville, Ind., and two of its officers. The company and its officers are accused of engaging in so-called chiseling. Chiseling is the practice of selling more of a rationed good than allotted by a consumer’s coupons. This practice is illegal and a violation of the federal rationing program administered by the Office of Price Administration (OPA). The district attorney stated this was the first indictment in a case of chiseling anywhere in the nation.

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