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—————- In anticipation of her biggest day in court yet, Laura DeCrescenzo and her attorneys hit the Church of Scientology with 928 pages of new filings —————- Details from 18,000 pages of evidence show how Scientology manipulated a child to keep her working under slave-like conditions —————- A key document describing DeCrescenzo’s unwillingness to have her coerced abortion is missing from the evidence Scientology was ordered to produce By Tony Ortega Wednesday afternoon, Laura DeCrescenzo filed explosive new information in her four-year legal odyssey against the Church of Scientology, submitting 928 pages of new declarations and exhibits in anticipation of a crucial October 23 hearing in her lawsuit against the church which alleges abuse, including allegations that she was forced to have an abortion at only 17 years of age. Key to the new filings is information gleaned from thousands of pages of previously secret files that the church fought mightily to keep under wraps. But on Monday, the U.

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Scientology’s Atlanta Drug Rehab Buys Its Way Out of Courtroom Nightmare

Justice for Patrick Desmond?

Justice for Patrick Desmond?

We just got the word tonight that at the last minute, Scientology’s Atlanta drug rehab center threw in the towel and no doubt threw a sizable pile of money at the Desmond family, ending a lawsuit that was scheduled to go to trial on Monday.

Over the past year, the sheer number of damning documents coming out of the case — and harsh findings by Judge Stacey Hydrick — suggested that Scientology was heading for a nightmarish reckoning over its Atlanta-area rehab center, Narconon Georgia.

Until the last minute, however, Narconon’s attorneys gave every indication that they were prepared to go to trial and prove that Patrick Desmond’s 2008 heroin overdose death was his own fault, not the rehab facility’s.

But Desmond family attorney Jeff Harris had uncovered stunning evidence of the deceptive way that Narconon Georgia operated, and painted a picture of a facility rife with drug abuse. That research convinced the state to begin proceedings to close the center, and now a criminal investigation is looking into allegations of insurance fraud.

The Desmond family wrongful death case, at least, is going away. Is it too late for Scientology to contain the larger scandal about its drug rehab quackery?

At 8:15 pm, the tireless researchers over at the Reaching for the Tipping Point Forum received official word from Desmond family attorney David Bills that the case had been settled.

We’ve put out messages to Jeff Harris and other people knowledgeable about the case, and we hope to add to this post when we hear from them. For now, we’re to bolster it with some of the revelations this case produced.

UPDATE: Lucas Catton just got word directly from Jeff Harris confirming that the case is over. Catton was at one time the president of Narconon Arrowhead, the drug rehab program’s flagship operation in Oklahoma. After speaking to us publicly for the first time, he’s become a vocal source of information about Scientology’s involvement in Narconon, and the deceptive practices at the drug rehab network.

Catton tells us he was slated to testify in the trial, and he had talked with Desmond family attorneys as recently as Wednesday getting updates on the case. He points out that in a hearing this week, Narconon Georgia coughed up a partial settlement of $950,000 out of an insurance policy.

“The idea was to go after Narconon International at the trial and really disrupt their entire network,” Catton says. “Narconon International’s attorneys really looked like they were freaking out at the hearing, I was told. They were asking for a continuance or a separate trial, and Judge Hydrick denied both of those.”

Catton says Scientology was looking at a nightmare situation in which Narconon International was going to have to blame things on the locals, such as former Narconon Georgia executive director Mary Rieser, whose lies were called out by Judge Hydrick in dramatic fashion. With one Scientology-licensed nonprofit aiming at another, “it was crazy,” Catton says.

We asked Luke if he thought the settlement will prevent this scandal from affecting other parts of the Narconon network.

“I think they’re doing whatever they can to contain it, but it’s too late for this location. Now they’re making Oklahoma the final battlefield, like it has been in the past. If Oklahoma goes down, it will happen because of what’s happening there, not here,” Catton says.

We asked for some thoughts from Mary McConnell, one of the Tipping Point researchers, who has kept a close eye on this case for a long time. She sent us this statement:

Despite knowing throughout this case that a settlement was possible at any time, that Narconon of Georgia was asset-poor, and that Narconon International was ill-prepared for the trial and in such a damning position, I was still shocked to find out it was settled.

I guess I wanted to see this case go as far as it could without a settlement happening, but I had to consider the Desmond Family and all they have been put through. So it’s a good thing for the Desmonds, who, after all, put themselves on the line here to carry this case to where it ended. The nightmare is over for them.

In retrospect, this case certainly went far and exceeded my original expectations. The damaging documents and deposition testimonies that came out of this case will be referred to in other cases and exist on the Internet for many years to come. The criminal issues are still pending and I do see charges being filed very soon. On top of that, the facility has lost its license and hopefully they will lose their appeal.

Both Narconons are paying for what they did. And will continue to pay in more ways than financial. I can’t imagine the settlement being a small amount of money, either. Narconon International must have felt they were caught between a rock and a hard place as the trial date approached. Narconon International probably feared having to go bankrupt because of this case and rightly so. It was never a matter of them winning in this case. Only how bad the outcome. We got most of the information and more documents are forthcoming from the court. The civil damage is done and settled and now it’s on to the criminal complaints.

OK, some basic facts and background if you’re just coming to this news story.

— Scientology is made up of many different entities, all of which are tightly controlled by its “Sea Organization,” with David Miscavige at the top. When it’s convenient, the church says that Miscavige’s only role is to be the “ecclesiastical” leader of church scripture as the chairman of the board of the Religious Technology Center. But in actual fact, his former top lieutenants say, from that perch he maintains a tight grip on the rest of Scientology’s alphabet soup of organizations. One of them is the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE) which is staffed completely by Sea Org executives. ABLE, in turn, provides licensing and oversight to various front groups, including Narconon International, which in turn licenses and oversees individual Narconon rehab centers. When Miscavige is boasting about the Narconon network at large church events, there’s no question that it’s a Scientology operation. But when Narconon centers run into controversy, they claim to be independent operators separate from the church.

— Documents in the Desmond case, however, show that Narconon Georgia executive director Mary Rieser was reporting directly not only to Narconon International but also Scientology’s intelligence and covert operations wing, the Office of Special Affairs, which would naturally step in after a legal scare like the death of a patient. Also, a document recently released showed that Rieser also had to put up with meddling from the local Scientology church. So, while the mainstream media is often snowed by Narconon’s claims not to be part of the church, the ties have been obvious for decades. In fact, as Catton confirmed to us, patients at Narconon don’t receive drug counseling at all, but instead get the same basic Scientology training that new church members receive.

— Most parents who send their drug-addicted kids to Narconon centers have no idea of the connection to Scientology. Narconon in fact goes out of its way to camouflage the connection with generic-looking websites and referrers who are paid bounties for bringing in new patients. The parents of Patrick Desmond were like so many others who just wanted to find a safe place to put their son, Patrick, a veteran who was having problems with alcohol. Patrick had been sentenced by a Florida drug court to an in-patient, residential drug rehab center, and the Desmonds were assured by Narconon Georgia that they ran such a facility.

— In fact, Narconon Georia had never received a state license to run an in-patient facility, so, court documents showed, executive director Mary Rieser simply lied about that to the Florida drug court. Testimony in the case showed that Rieser instructed an employee to remove the word “outpatient” from Narconon Georgia letterhead so they could deceive the Florida drug court and other patients that they had a license to run housing.

— Since they didn’t have a license to run their own dormitories, Narconon Georgia instead recruited a Scientologist couple from the local church, Don and Maria Delgado, to lease some apartments at a complex called One Sovereign Place. Patients were housed there, four to an apartment, at an enormous profit. Narconon International — the organization that was supposed to be keeping an eye on Mary Rieser’s facility, in fact did investigate the housing and found that it was out of control, with patients and employees using drugs.

— It was in that environment that Patrick Desmond drank heavily, then went for a drive from the apartments and tried heroin for the first time. It killed him.

— The Desmond family’s attorneys fought hard to get documents out of Narconon, which, true to the Scientology playbook, relied on delaying tactics and held back information (which backfired on them in spectacular fashion). Eventually they did turn over information, which made it obvious that fooling state regulators was part of the business plan. Georgia investigators had, in fact, tried multiple times to show that Narconon Georgia was in flagrant violation of its license, and now, the state finally is serious about it. State regulators announced their intention to cancel the facility’s license and shut it down. Narconon appealed, and it’s open in the meantime. But now a criminal investigation has also been opened as documents surfaced showing that United Health Care was being billed for hundreds of thousands of dollars in care that didn’t happen — and that’s just in the case of a single patient.

We’re really looking forward to coverage by Atlanta’s local media, which has been so dogged covering this controversy. Look for Pete Combs at WSB radio, Jodie Fleischer at WSB TV, and Christian Boone at the Atlanta Journal Constitution to swamp these developments with coverage in the coming days.

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Posted by Tony Ortega on February 8, 2013 at 21:30

 

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  • BuryTheNuts2

    While I can appreciate the decision for the family …I am fucking sick!
    I had high hopes for this one.
    Evil bastards

    • Ziontologist

      What about Stacy Dawn Murphy?

      • BuryTheNuts2

        Bingo, what about Stacy? What about Hillary? What about Gabriel?
        Fuck already!
        Why? Shit already!
        I am sorry….this just makes me so sad and defeated.
        Tomorrow I will rise again.
        As I hope you all do with me.

        • mirele

          We still have those cases to go, and take heart, all that lovely information gathered in the Desmond case will likely come in quite handy for Oklahoma NN cases.

          • BuryTheNuts2

            Yes, and awesome. thank you.

          • 1subgenius

            What the ticket counter guy said to John Candy’s and Steve Martin’s characters in “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” can be said to NN/CoS:
            “You’re fucked”.

        • Still_On_Your_Side

          There are a lot of families out there that will outraged to learn they put their son/daughter in a facility that is under a criminal investigation and that has settled a wrongful death suit. Every little thing that went wrong after their child came home will be blamed on Narconon, and perhaps a lot of the problems were Narconon’s fault. At any rate, expect lawsuits against Narconon everywhere. Narconon will be lucky if it makes it to 2014. The cash the cash cow gave Miscavige, will be sent back to pay settlements and refunds, and many, many people will be sent to the hole. I imagine those people would welcome a jail term as a chance to get some sleep, 3 meals a day, and a long break from Miscavige’s insane cruelty.

          • N. Graham

            What’s the lawsuit status at Oklahoma Arrowhead? I believe Stacy M.’s is open but any other civil ones? And maybe more important, how are the wheel turning for the criminal suit by presumably the state of Oklahoma?

            • MissCandle

              They settled ($) with the family of Kaysie Werninck.

    • http://twitter.com/katebornstein Kate Bornstein

      My thoughts exactly. Thought it would be big. Hopes got dashed. Glad the family got what they felt is fair. And damn.

    • Oyster Bay

      Evil bastards is right. These people are monsters and they need to be stopped.

    • InTheNameOfXenu

      Don’t worry, the cult has only so much money. Their IAS coffers will run dry. They committed insurance fraud and that’s serious.

      • BuryTheNuts2

        I know, but i just cannot help but ride the emotional roller coaster.

        • http://twitter.com/tetloj tetloj

          Feel those feelings baby. That’s how we know we’re human (and not scientologists).

    • http://www.facebook.com/bob.gravlin Bob Gravlin

      A reading of History from the times of prehistory to now shows that power when it becomes evil and denies ‘God will fall. Let’s pray that God brings this “Tower of Babel” down sooner rather than later! So let us continue to tell the truth about this org as the truth will win out sooner, rather than later we hope.

  • nessness

    I wonder if eventually they will have to sell a building to settle a lawsuit. We can only hope.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBeU2utihwM Deckard Cain

      I love your user name. Brilliant.

      • nessness

        what a group to join…. thanks. a lurker for years. My nephew in LA as well as my neighbours think I am somewhat nuts to be engaged to this extent with sciloon watching. Oh well, I remember being waylaid on my way to ‘The living Well’ on Yonge St. to have a ‘test’. I know my ruin and it is intelligence. Take that, you evil cult

        • nessness

          aack that sounds like arrogance after I hit post. as a canadian that does not sit well…. sorry to all those who got sucked in, there is nothing unintelligent about you. I just get mad, ok, angry about everything scientological. AAARGH.

          • MarionDee

            I’m Canadian and it sits just fine with me, nessness!

  • Mr. Fabulous

    More parishioner’s money down the toilet. Looks like we’ll all have to wait just a little bit longer for that Superpower building to get finished.

    • mirele

      *Sigh* Longer to wait for the fabulous oiliness table.

  • Ivan Mapother

    As usual, a non-disclosure agreement was signed so details of this settlement will remain a mystery. If anything, the IAS will be pressing hard for more money now.

    • Mary_McConnell

      We don’t know if an NDA was signed. It’s too early to say that. We just know that it’s been settled.

      • CoolHand

        Agreed, will wait to see what details can be publicly released on the full terms of the settlement. I’m sure a written statement will be issued at some point soon by the attorneys – at least I hope so.

    • 1subgenius

      Oh no, more “music” videos.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gerard-Plourde/1127841398 Gerard Plourde

      I’m not sure that a non-disclosure agreement would be effective in the case of an allegation of insurance fraud or other misconduct overseen by state or federal regulators. I believe that instances of unlawful conduct would be passed along to the appropriate agency charged with oversight as they are not parties to the settlement and would have public policy reasons to be exempt from its constraints. Likewise, the court would most likely not be bound by the provisions of the settlement.

      • Still_On_Your_Side

        I agree, we are not talking about releasing medical records. The nondisclosure agreement is used by the CoS to prevent people from talking about church wrongdoing. That isn’t going to trump a law enforcement investigation.

  • mirele

    I’m thinking the information learned as part of this lawsuit should be leveraged to shut down every g-d-effing Narconon wherever!!! For that, we can thank the Desmond family, their information is GOLDEN.

    • Mary_McConnell

      Yes!

    • SandiCorrena

      May it become Narco-NONE

  • John P.

    The key question to ask here is whether this derails regulatory attempts to have NN GA closed. I hope it doesn’t — I would think that settling the case would not prevent depositions and other evidence already gathered to be subpoenaed, but that’s a question for an attorney (t1kk, perhaps) to answer.

    I would have to believe that the fraud committed by pretending to be a residential treatment center in order to get more money would be cause for action by Florida courts that paid them for providing residential treatment. That is independent of what happened here. And the recent statements from two doctors involved with Narconon GA pointing to insurance fraud is wonderful news — insurance companies have a zero tolerance policy for this sort of fraud, and I would have to believe that a document trail sufficient to convict Narconon exists.

    My sense is that this settlement is too late to prevent Narconon from catching fire. It’s past the tipping point. I have been around the cult enough to know that it’s unwise to say that quickly or casually, but I do believe it is true at this point. Finally, settling a case for what is likely to be significant, given the sanctions in place against the cult, is likely to paint a target on the backs of Narconon nationally — it seems that Miscavige is increasingly willing to settle to make things go away, a short-sighted strategy that ultimately puts whatever reserves exist in the cult into play for canny lawyers to feast on.

    • http://twitter.com/tetloj tetloj

      More blood in the water

    • InTheNameOfXenu

      Agreed, settling these lawsuits is a shortsighted strategy. It’ll take true OT powers to make that insurance fraud allegation go away. John, I seriously think they are truly screwed this time. Well at least I hope so.

    • http://www.facebook.com/steven.bensics Steven Bensics

      “And the recent statements from two doctors involved with Narconon GA
      pointing to insurance fraud is wonderful news — insurance companies
      have a zero tolerance policy for this sort of fraud”

      Ditto. For insurance companies, it’s all about the bottom line; at the end of the day, they will do what they have to to make and keep their money.

      Politicians, on the other hand, have to worry about their public-approval ratings and their electability, and unfortunately, the state coming down on a “church-based” drug rehab clinic probably won’t sit well with a certain portion of the American (especially Georgia/southern) electorate. I think we all know the kind of people I’m talking about.

      • Midwest Mom

        Mainstream church-going Americans don’t think of the Co$ as a religion; they think of it as a strange cult, so there is quite a difference between Scientology based rehab facilities and other religious based programs which are honest about their religious affiliations.

        • Still_On_Your_Side

          And they are going to wonder why Narconon was funneling money to the church, and where Naconon INT’L came up with settlement money.

      • jensting

        Ah, but the politicians have a golden opportunity here: narCONon is not a “faith-based” treatment programme – they certainly have nothing to do with the religion of the criminal organisqtion known as the “church” of $cienrology. Well, that’s what they say when outsiders (“wogs” as they call us) ask.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gerard-Plourde/1127841398 Gerard Plourde

          It’s not so much the politicians as the civil servants in the departments that oversee drug rehab programs and insurance operations. These administrative agencies have the real clout. The especially toxic allegation is the apparent fraudulent payments by insurance carriers for doctors’ visits that did not occur.

      • 1subgenius

        “”church-based” drug rehab clinic”
        As has already been pointed out NN can’t claim that due to its insistence otherwise.
        Hoisted upon one’s own petard is what its called.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBeU2utihwM Deckard Cain

      It is not likely that the settlement of the civil case will impede any investigations. I suspect that whatever regulatory agencies currently looking into Narconon (in any state) were not reliant on testimony that would have come out in trial. Trials take too long and when the State has a duty to protect in situations under media scrutiny, they tend to react outside any ongoing litigation.

      It is not likely that any party will be able to claim they can’t talk due to the NDA attached to the settlement either (when some state agency officer comes knocking with a clipboard of questions).

    • N. Graham

      The likelihood a paper trail leads to DM and he might have to appear in court=Speed with which a lawsuit is settled.

    • jensting

      ditto. And if a document trail does not exist, one or more of the perpetrators are going to break ranks and confess to shredding the paper trail, at which point culpability will extend directly to whoever ordered the paper to be shredded. Hello! Mr David “he is NOT insane!” Miscavige’s communicator!!

      • Ze Moo

        The document trail will begin and end at the insurance company. NarCONon can’t shred their papers or computer files. Forensic accounting and fraud detection has become a big thing with states and the federal government. Insurance companies don’t make money if they pay out every claim. They like to delay and reject claims. How hundreds of thousands was paid for a doctors non-existent services is going to cause a lot of trouble at the insurance company. The pressure to claw back any fraudulent payments is going to be intense.

        Now, if only other insurance companies in other states investigate and ‘claw back’ the bucks, the NarCONon cash flow will dry up and blow away. The CO$ will shut down NarCONon only if it doesn’t make money. CO$ ‘humanitarian causes’ only extend to the balance sheet.

    • villagedianne

      If possible, COS will try to burn one person, preferably a low-level minion, for the insurance fraud. They will say it was one bad apple and they are shocked, shocked to find that fraud was going on!

      • Observer

        Maybe they’ll blame Marty for that too. lol

      • http://twitter.com/SnippyH Snippy Haines

        It won’t work though. The insurance companies will begin to look at all the Narconon’s claims carefully. They are in for it.

    • Mary_McConnell

      Regulatory attempts will not be derailed because of this settlement. The proof is documented. A great mount of effort has gone into seeing that Narconon of Georgia be shut down permanently and the Georgia Insurance Commssion is doing a diligent and effective job at gathering more information which I believe will land Mary Rieser and some other staff in prison. This investigation is going beyond the state of Georgia and Narconon of GA.

      • Still_On_Your_Side

        Thank you for saying that, and for all that you do.

    • http://twitter.com/SnippyH Snippy Haines

      “I would have to believe that the fraud committed by pretending to be a residential treatment center in order to get more money would be cause for action by Florida courts that paid them for providing residential
      treatment.”

      Jp – I don’t think the Florida Court paid them anything. But either way, concerning the fraud, one of the saddest things to me is that the health department (DCH), which presumably is there to protect the vulnerable from the unscrupulous, was not able to shut them down prior to this court case, even though there are 10 years of violations on their books. The AJC reported the following:

      DCH Director David Cook said in October the state can’t sanction Narconon on the false claims alone.

      “There’s a distinction between running a residential treatment facility and holding oneself out as a residential treatment facility,” Cook said. “The violation would be actually running a residential treatment facility.”

      They have “no teeth” –>Their rubric requires evidence of harm done in order to revoke a license. <–

      They don't seem to even worry about fraud, quackery, etc. It boggles my mind. People dying isn't enough. There has to be "evidence" that it was a result of the practices of the facility.

      BUT – if you mess with the insurance companies profits by filing false claims, then you are up against the
      Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner's Fraud Unit. Watch out. From their website:
      ————————
      The Insurance Commissioner employs sworn law enforcement officers, certified by Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council. As Special Agents in the Fraud Unit, these officers have the power to
      execute arrest warrants and search warrants for criminal violations …

      Special Agents within the department have the power to make arrests for violations of Georgia’s insurance fraud statutes.

      A person convicted of insurance fraud shall be guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than two nor more than ten years, or by a fine, of not more than $10,000.00, or both.
      ————————
      The only catch is they go after individuals, not organizations. But hopefully this means Narconon will have to open its books. That should be very revealing, especially if Narconon, International is involved..

    • Still_On_Your_Side

      I don’t see how the state can drop the investigation, and I don’t see how the FBI can stay out of it. Narconon committed insurance fraud and used the mail to do it. If it happened in GA, it probably happened elsewhere. Miscavige was on the phone with Narconon demanding more money on a regular basis. Insurance fraud is not a ministerial activity protected by the Constitution. You can bet that the FBI is more comfortable saving insurance companies from the CoS’s insurance fraud, than they are saving children or foreign nationals from the CoS’s abuse.

    • California

      There are several other cases cooking, as it were, and I agree DM is going to do the short-sighted strategy of making the cases “go away.”

      However, the investigations will continue in all the states, with Oklahoma being the most pertinent right now.

      However, each and every state are now beginning to implement much better over-sight rules for substance abuse rehab programs and Narconon will not be able to comply. It might take a year to shut them all down but I think that it will happen.

      Also, OSA has been active here in California and flunked.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=661239103 Mimi Armagh Parrow

    Settling=$cientology’s infamous and cowardly way to admit absolute guilt.

  • http://twitter.com/EUMegaraid European Megaraid

    $950k?

    If the Desmond family were going to fold, they should have demanded multiple times that. Because I’m pretty sure they could have fought the case, won, then claimed damages ON TOP of whatever else got meted out to the murderous bastards at Narconon

    • TonyOrtega

      That was just the partial settlement coughed up by NN Georgia before trial, not what NN International had to come up with to end the case. We’ll probably never know that amount.

      • Mary_McConnell

        Yes, and the $950,000 was from insurance proceeds – the only money Narconon of Georgia had available to pay out in this case.

        I’m guessing that the amount Narconon International settled for is somewhere between $20 and $30 Million, payable in installments.

        • http://twitter.com/EUMegaraid European Megaraid

          Just as long as NN Int doesn’t try and weasel out of payments with a dodgy bankruptcy. Clams have a history of playing the Shell Game to try and dodge paying out

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gerard-Plourde/1127841398 Gerard Plourde

            Given the evidence of meddling (oversight) by the Atlanta COS, it’s possible that a judgement could be enforced against it in the event of non-payment.

            • mirele

              This…this this this this!!!

        • mirele

          I doubt it was anywhere near that amount. I would suggest perhaps $2-3 million, plus attorneys’ fees. Which may put it in the $4.5 million ballpark all told, with a 35 percent fee for the plaintiff’s attorneys. But we’ll probably never know due to confidentiality agreements, and it’s fairly useless to speculate (although, as you see, I just did).

          • BuryTheNuts2

            MOAR!

          • Mary_McConnell

            I heard that it was determined that the jury could have awarded up to $50 million in this case. Jeff Harris’ firm has a history of winning and getting large verdicts and settlements.

            http://www.hpllegal.com/verdicts-a-settlements

            • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBeU2utihwM Deckard Cain

              Most judges will knock down the jury award if they come back with a $50 million amount so it is unlikely that it is that high. That kind of money isn’t even paid out in “PG&E poisons an entire small town” type of suit let alone a wrongful death suit (I’m assuming that was the only cause of action here but I haven’t read any court dox).

        • http://twitter.com/BradGreenwood2 Bradley Greenwood

          I’d consider letting Scientology “bump me off”, if it meant my wife and kids would get that kind of scratch. Ironically, my brother is the drug addict. Wait a minute! Nah, it’s not legal; never mind.

        • 1subgenius

          “$950,000 was from insurance proceeds”

          Probably policy limits, or close to it.

      • BuryTheNuts2

        but I bet It Eclipses that big TIME!

  • http://twitter.com/BradGreenwood2 Bradley Greenwood

    Narc Arrowhead still getting suckers? How could they NOT be dead? They should be required to disclose the happenings at the center to any prospective clients…at the very LEAST.

    • http://www.facebook.com/bob.gravlin Bob Gravlin

      Let them say their so called treatment is long saunas and mega dose vitamins and be forced to disclose this to any potential client as well as stating the health risks of these treatments before admission.

  • mirele

    Has Scientology NOT settled a case since “Not one thin dime for Wollersheim”?

    • Midwest Mom

      Travolta settled his lawsuit this week, as well.

      • BuryTheNuts2

        Good point!

    • jensting

      refund case in FL about one year ago. Claire and Marc Headley in CA

      • mirele

        They won the Headley case and that was one where there was no precedent and it never got anywhere near jury trial. The refund case, I don’t remember.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bed-Man-Okc/100000284524197 Bed Man Okc

    The ightmare is NOT over and never will be for the Desmond family. – they lost a child to drugs. While it is their sons responsibility and drug relaspes are OFTEN and habitual – and none more than f*cking HEROIN. While, I find it hard to blame ANY health care or drug treatment program for the deaths of adults who choose to take drugs. However, the lies that Narconon prmotes, such as a 78% success rate, is a damn shame and it is hitting familiies who are literally trying to SAVE THEIR KID. Nothing is more disgusting that doing that to parent at their most desperate time.

    God what would you do, if your son or daughter or loved one was on drugs and about to overdose any day….and you hear a program that sells you on the success rate of over 3/4 of its student. It would seem like a dream come true – instead a fucking nightmare. F** you naronon and David Miscaviage and the Cult of Scientology

    • BuryTheNuts2

      Patrick Desmond did heroin Once? The day it killed him.

      • Observer

        Yep. He’d never tried it before he went into NarCONon where, by all accounts, it was readily available.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gerard-Plourde/1127841398 Gerard Plourde

          This is a situation that would raise a red flag for insurers.

  • Mary_McConnell

    Tony, thank you for all you have done to raise awareness of this case and the efforts of the members of Reaching For The Tipping Point forum in helping to bring justice to the victims of Narconon.

    I also wish to thank the excellent legal teams of HARRIS PENN LOWRY DELCAMPO, LLP. and Franklin Law, LLC for working so hard and really understanding the beast they went up against in this case.

    In particular, much gratitude and thanks to attorneys JEFFREY R HARRIS, REBECCA C.FRANKLIN, JED D MANTON, DARREN W PENN, DAVID S BILLS, STEVEN G LOWRY, J ANTONIO DELCAMPO, PAUL W PAINTER, STEPHEN HASNER and their support personnel.

    Mary McConnell

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001007868067 Synthia Elizabeth Fagen

      Thank YOU Mary. How eloquently, knowledgeably and compassionately you speak. You are tireless and unrelenting in your dogged pursuit of justice and truth. Again, much gratitude to you.

      • Mary_McConnell

        Thank you, Sindy. ((HUGGS))

    • CoolHand

      Ditto.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001007868067 Synthia Elizabeth Fagen

        To you too, Luke! Heroes!

      • Mary_McConnell

        Thank you for all your help, Luke.

    • http://www.facebook.com/bob.gravlin Bob Gravlin

      And as I work in the area of drug abuse and the agency I work for does ethical and honest work I don’t want to see that filth come into my state. So thanks for the hard work to all who are working to make the quackery and corruption there known.

      • Mary_McConnell

        Thank YOU, Bob. Your insight and comments are much appreciated. ~ Mary McConnell

  • http://twitter.com/media_lush media_lush

    We all know lawyers are sharks…. this has just turned Narconon into the biggest crippled whale out there… and it’s just had it’s bloody guts ripped open…. it should be a feeding frenzy!

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBeU2utihwM Deckard Cain

      Not all lawyers are sharks. Would you consider Graham Berry a shark?

      • http://twitter.com/media_lush media_lush

        Even without googling who Mr Berry is I would have to say that any weakness in the oppositions defence is ‘ruthlessly’ exploited no matter how much of a noble campaign you might be defending. It’s the nature of the business. Hence the allegory.

        The defence rests your honour.

        • 1subgenius

          Point well taken.

      • 1subgenius

        Not all aspects of a shark are bad. I don’t think its bad, in the contest of a battle, to find a weak spot and exploit it.
        I think that was the point.

  • http://www.AlanzosBlog.com/ Alanzo

    More money for lawyers!

    Lawyers, GET YOUR MONEY HERE!!

    Scientology is paying TONS OF MONEY to make legal things go away!!

    Free money!! Get your money here!! Deep Pockets! Scientology is paying FREE MONEY to settle whatever they can!!

    The Church of Scientology is hemorrhaging cash!!

    Lawyers!! Get your money here!!!

    • Mary_McConnell

      Scientology was not a party to this case. Narconon is responsible for paying the settlement. Lighten up. Most cases settle. This case went on for 2.50 years, and one that produced tremendous amounts of damaging documents – a historic event for sure.

      • http://www.AlanzosBlog.com/ Alanzo

        Here. Put on this sandwich board which screams “FREE MONEY FOR LAWYERS!” and take this stack of promo and start handing it out. We are targeting the largest law firms on the East and West Coasts.

        Start!

        • Still_On_Your_Side

          Oh, you want lawyers to sue Narconon, I get it now. You probably will get more lawyers’ attention if you yell “Deep pockets here and victims need lawyers.”

    • noseinabk

      I agree with the sentiment and with all the recent events it made me think of this.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-c2OM7HEfrs

      • blissfulldreams

        well that should of came with a heavy metal rock band warning

        • BuryTheNuts2

          Ted Nugent’s face should have been an indicator….lol

          • blissfulldreams

            only if you know who he is in the first place, sorry to say i read more than i watch stuff now you mention his name i can kind of place him lol

        • 1subgenius

          At least a douchebag warning.

      • http://www.AlanzosBlog.com/ Alanzo

        I liked it. My garage band used to play that song in the 70’s.

        It killed in 1977.

        Alanzo

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBeU2utihwM Deckard Cain

      Lawyers, like most good journalists (try) to do plenty of research before taking on the cult as an adversary. The law has a long memory and so does LexisNexis, which may scare off many attorneys for quite some time. I doubt that even the scummiest ambulance chasers would be that brave.

      • 1subgenius

        Things have changed.

  • BuryTheNuts2

    Bedlam?
    Connection?
    Yep,

    Night all!
    i love U each and every one.

    • 1subgenius

      Thanks. I love you, too.

  • Still_On_Your_Side

    Western World Insurance company had sued Narconon GA and had asked the court to rule that it didn’t have to pay for the defense of Narconon since it only insured their facility and the death happened off site. Its case was suspended yesterday pending trial or settlement. So if Western World paid part of the settlement, It may be back in court with Narconon next week, seeking to have Narconon reimburse it for defense costs and settlement payout. Narconon GA is in a real bind, if it loses the Western World lawsuit, it has no money to pay. If it doesn’t pay, Western World will want to know where all the money has gone. If Narconon goes into bankruptcy, the court is going to want to know where all the money has gone. If Miscavige pays, the State of Georgia will want to know why the CoS is paying Narconon’s bill. As my ex-husband would say “they are up skitt’s creek without a paddle.” (That’s a Norwegian word).

    • jensting

      Somehow I think WW Insurance is going to get their money back. No worries. If the money came from somewhere other than narCONon GA would financial link be proof of something criminal (or embarassing)? Could be, but who’s going to complain?

      • Still_On_Your_Side

        I think if this had happened a year ago, no one would care, but insurance companies love their profit margins. If the news is out about an insurance scam against one insurer, every other insurer that ever covered stays at Narconon GA is going to investigate and demand money back. If one patient was scammed, then it was probably standard operating procedure. If Davey pays WW or the Desmond settlement, he either writes the check directly or deposits it in Narconon’s bank account. Either way, it damns the CoS because law enforcement is going to put Narconon’s finances under a microscope. If he thinks he is protected by any confidentiality agreement, he’s wrong. The rules of the game have just changed and Miscavige hasn’t a clue on how to play it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gerard-Plourde/1127841398 Gerard Plourde

      The other thing to watch for is whether Western World declines to renew its coverage of Narconon based on the information revealed by this litigation. It may also review payouts it may have made in the past to determine if insurance fraud occurred (the Georgia facility was not licensed for inpatient treatment and the documents and deposition testimony paint a picture of a facility that did not conform to industry standards).

  • noseinabk

    Am I the only one who is just sad and disgusted that this was settled? If he was mine, no way could your money get you out of this! I know some of this group go to great pains to not step on toes and we all like to have the input of the scientology moms (who I will never understand) or the narcanon family. I however cannot conceive of not following through with these cases and saving countless others from the same fate. I hope that the information from this case can help others but mostly I hope that the discoveries can help another case get to trial!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Eckert/100002715429426 Robert Eckert

      Well, money is all that could have come of it. There is no way they would get their son back, of course; the trial would be only about how much money Narco would have to pay. To do more than make them pay money, like shut them down or send some people to jail, would be up to other proceedings than a civil suit, and what the civil case had done thus far, in terms of exposing damaging information, was already enough to set those other processes in motion. I think the Desmonds have earned a respite, and our gratitude as well as our sympathy.

      • noseinabk

        I know your right. Its just hard for me to look at it logically and not just as a mom.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kelly.irwin.503 Kelly Irwin

      I understand where you are coming from, but the Desmonds lost their son in 2008. This case went farther and produced more documents than any other case against Narconon in the U.S. that I am aware of. In addition, during the final days of the case there was a notice of deposition by video conference of a Desmond family member. It is possible they wished to avoid this – pure speculation on my part. I just think it is important to remember that this family has been through an awful lot.

    • 1subgenius

      “If he was mine, no way could your money get you out of this!”

      What if there was no such thing as a hypothetical question?
      Placing a price on a human life, or even a finger (yours or mine?), is not easy, but there is one.
      “Going to trial” is not an end in itself.
      What could possibly go wrong?
      Remember OJ.

    • Observer

      The Desmonds did much more than win a settlement. They brought facts to light which had never been uncovered before, and did more damage to the NarCONon scam in this country–and the only person I can think of who did more anywhere is David Love in Canada–than anyone had done before. Their suit was brought at the perfect time and IMO has sped up the timetable for Scn’s implosion.

  • sizzle8

    Tony, I wonder if an interview with Michael Flynn wouldn’t make interesting reading.

    He’s not too far from where you are.

  • Mary_McConnell

    Terrific summary update, Tony!

  • WhatWouldXenuDo?

    What an awful position to be in, when you’ve lost a child due to the complete ineptitude of ppl at a Narcanon facility–I cant put myself in the family’s situation and pretend to know what I would decide, full court press or big ass payoff…but surely Scn must be rethinking the wisdom of running rehabs?
    Nah. Too much cash in front of Dave’s eyes, yes?
    I really feel like something bad is gonna come to fruition in the not to distant future with regard to all of Scientology…Miscavige is surely losing his little pea sized mind, all this bad stuff being publicized, how can he not go out in a blaze of Waco?

    Eeessh, I feel really bad for those of you who still have family members in the stranglehold of scientology.

  • DeElizabethan

    This is really good news. Yahoo! The Desmond family finally gets some justice and the Cof$ will still be in the court system for some more justice.

    • 1subgenius

      ^^^^^this^^^^^

  • wannabeclear

    Unfortunately, I was waiting for this — the last minute-shit we have no choice-we have to settle or risk further embarrassment move. They knew that no matter what happened they would end up paying and this time they didn’t wait for testimony in open court to reveal far more embarrassing dirty laundry along the lines of the Debbie Cook lawsuit before they decided to settle. It would have been great to have that open court testimony to go along with the copious amounts of embarrassing documentation, however I still hold out hope for criminal proceedings. And while they won’t reach the Tiny Tyrant, they will reveal Narconon to be a criminal enterprise and hopefully push down a few more dominoes in this $cientology feeder front and gather more momentum to topple the whole damn thing…

  • jensting

    Yay! to the Desmond family and their team (what a job they did) and to people helping in the background and to Luke Catton and others who started telling the truth.
    While this would usually be a frustrating end to a lawsuit for us spectators, in this case I’m pretty sure that narCONon GA and narCONon Int will get their day in court and get a chance to prove that they’re innocent of criminal charges…
    Meanwhile they’re open, and that can’t be right :(

  • PreferToBeAnon2

    Sigh… I am pleased that Desmond family has some redress–though obviously whatever the amount, it is not enough. I must admit, however, I had this whole fantasy thing going… the midget slowly making his way from the defendant’s table to the stand, patting his coiffed hair as he steps up, then lifting his little body onto the booster seat set in place for him…

  • Captain Howdy

    The two great evils meet once again

    Religion and Money

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQ6O8NrLsSY

    • 1subgenius

      I’ll have to tell you my Wreckless Eric story some time.

      Fuck it I’ll tell you now.

      I had seen him in a punk dive in Detroit many years ago, and a couple years ago somehow connected with him on the tubes.

      I told him that I had seen him at Bookies, and he said he remembered the place, which surprised me.

      He told me he played it twice.

      The first time was in the dead of winter. The window of the “dressing room” was broken, and he pasted up a piece of cardboard to keep the cold out.

      He came back in the middle of summer and he had to take out the same piece of cardboard for ventilation because of the heat.
      It obviously was the quintessential punk club.

      He said he didn’t charge them for the “heating and cooling” work.

      And, to prattle on, I was floored when, in the fantastic, must-see Will Farrell movie “Stranger Than Fiction”, Will’s character picked up an acoustic guitar and played “Whole Wide World”.

      • sugarplumfairy

        I think somebody here mentioned a few days ago six degrees of scientology:

        “…A lawsuit alleging that screenwriter Zach Helm improperly stole his story from Hubbard could accurately state that both works have the same basic plot.” In a review of Stranger than Fiction for Cinematical, Jette Kernion also compared the film’s plot to Hubbard’s story,..” (from wiki)

        http://www.amazon.com/Typewriter-Sky-L-Ron-Hubbard/dp/1592120210

        • BuryTheNuts2

          Nope, fail.
          Similar basis for the story but I wouldn’t say the plot.

          BTW…Typewriter in the Sky is a pretty good read.

        • 1subgenius

          Ouch.
          Still a great movie.

          • sugarplumfairy

            I know.. But even a blind squirrel finds an occasional nut.. He wrote what? 700,000 books? The law of averages would prevent them ALL from being sub par..

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Lol.
              1082 books.
              And he had 2 good ones.
              “Fear” being the other one.

              Hey, don’t blame me. Blame my Mom!

            • sugarplumfairy

              Haha.. Mothers.. Go figure.. You know how my mom used to punish us for misdemeanors? She made use sit in the corner and read National Geographic..

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Hey, at least your Mom didn’t try to force feed you Dianetics!
              Besides…I used to love National Geographic when I was little. It had nekkid people from far off lands in it!

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              Your mom a sci? Oh, another bedtime story?

              Hey, now moms can threaten their kids:
              1) Not doing your homework? I’ll send you off to the Scientology ReEducation Camp!
              2) Fooling around with Drugs? I’ll send you off the the Scientology Rehab Center!
              3) Fooling around with sex? I’ll send you off the Cadet Org!
              4) Stealing cookies from the cookie jar? I’ll send you off to Criminon.
              5) Not helping out with family chores? I’ll send off to the Volunteer Ministers!

      • Captain Howdy

        You met Wreckless Eric..that makes you an apostle of some sort.

        • 1subgenius

          Saw him perform, but only “met” him online.
          When he performed it was billed as “Wreckless Eric and his Four Rough Men.”

    • Sandy

      I have just been so glad to see you have elec!!! Good on ya!

  • DodoTheLaser

    Ah, another major flap in HQ. The heads will roll. The scapegoats will be found and SP declared.

    The PR statements are underway. Damage control is in. Too fucking familiar, repetitive and yet so irrelevant.

    Footbulletry is escalating. Eat your own lies scientology cult of deception and trickery.

    And all the money you loose to hush the moment. It’s simply laughable. Also, fuck you.

    This battle is almost over. Wishing harmony to all.

    • Ze Moo

      The battle has a long way to go my friend. NarCONon will change its name (SunCoast seems to be in use in several locations) and use the incorporation laws to hide its connections to Scamatology. Even a complete shutdown of NarCONon (something I hope for) would only increase the pressure to get money out of the unABLE. Even if all incoming cash to the CO$ were halted, it would take years to spend the cash on hand. Give the rampant insurance fraud found in Georgia, I would hope that all insurers check their NarCONon related billing.

  • 0tessa

    And so they lost another million dollars. What’s next. $cientology is slowly, but surely, bleeding to death.

    • Still_On_Your_Side

      How much interest is the church earning per year on $1 billion? I am cynical enough to believe that the amounts being paid in these settlements barely scrape the top of the accruing interest. Miscavige paid $2.3 million to Farrakhan, and his henchman seemed to offer the same to the UNOI without a second thought. I agree with you that the CoS is bleeding to death, but not from loss of money. It is dying from the loss of members and the loss of any remaining illusion that it is a legitimate tax exempt church. Imagine if John Gotti was able to run his organization for decades without any government interference, and that every penny raked in was exempt from taxation, what a scam that would be. Oh wait, he has run a crime ring for decades that is exempt from both taxation and government interference, except his name is Miscavige.

  • dagobarbz

    Wait until the last moment then settle? Why, that’s a standard tool in the old Scientology bag of tricks. Anyone else not surprised?

    • 1subgenius

      Actually, at the last moment is when many, if not most, lawsuits are settled.
      Its very much like poker.
      Its very much like an auction.
      Value is in the mind.
      And from the defense side, there is always someone with the “authority” to settle.
      Usually the authority to settle for increasing amounts resides at corresponding levels of the hierarchy. The buck gets passed upward because no one wants to be the one who takes responsibility.
      Quite often this inertia results in the defendant paying more than it could have earlier.
      With Scientology it is safe to assume that the authority always rests at the top with David Miscavige.
      Client control is a factor, and he believes that he knows better than the lawyers. It must be hell for an attorney to reason with this guy. And then throw in LRH tech regarding lawsuits.
      Whatever was paid was probably more than it could have been.

      • BuryTheNuts2

        I agree with you 100%. This was nothing more than a good old fashioned negotiation and when the authority (decision maker) is not in the game and at the table with the power to make the call…than flunk, your team will always lose!

        Whatever they settled for; I would imagine it is twice what they “could” have settled for. So this is what your money pays for Scientologists! David Miscavige’s Ignorance combined with his ego is legend.

        I cannot even imagine what it would be like to be one of his lawyers. But anyone willing to sell their integrity to work for that SOB deserves the humiliation.

      • Still_On_Your_Side

        I doubt Miscavige cares about the tech or if the attorneys care that representing him is like representing a rattlesnake. From what I’ve read, Miscavige’s lawyers are either slavish followers like consigliere-Moxon or white-shoed, $1000/hour attorneys, who are losing clients left and right as the economy tanks and, therefore, are desperate to keep their cash-cow client. Either way, if Miscavige says “lick my foot,” they will respond, “right or left”?

  • blissfulldreams

    I just wanted to shout NO just NO why does everyone take the money?

    then i thought about it a bit longer and decided that ok that kind of money helps (not me personaly i’m a broke ass) then i thought of all the shit storm of publicity that has happened since katie left tom and all those lovely book’s and interviews

    i was seriously hoping that this case would be won in court and narconon totally discredited so i could use it in some way to help keep narconon out of the UK as they are trying to open up again, then i kicked the computer table a few times hurt my toe and thought shit i will have to find another way

    and i am still not sure if it was a win for them or us or maybe both with the greatest of luck there might be that perfect money trail of insurance fraud that goes all the way to the top straight to David Misgavige but with the way they buy everyone off i doubt it

    it’s not what you know or who you know it’s how much will it cost to make everything go away and until someone says fuck you screw the money i’m going to court like mark and Claire and do your worst the cult of scientology will always win

    • 1subgenius

      The settling of this suit will have little or no effect on the justice that is in progress, unlike many other actions.
      I don’t know that Mark and Claire were ever offered any money, so there may have been no choice involved in going as far as they did.
      Plus remember they didn’t get a chance to “go to court”. We don’t know what choices they would have faced had it actually proceeded to trial.

      • blissfulldreams

        i understand just what you are saying But

        i would still like to live in my perfect little bubble of thinking that mark and claire are superman and wonder-woman with an FU and your money sheild that they used instead

        • 1subgenius

          I hear you.

        • Poison Ivy

          Yeah. Me too. But it takes a lot of these battles to win the big war.

          • blissfulldreams

            i know PI but i’d still like someone somewhere to say FU and your blood Money

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gerard-Plourde/1127841398 Gerard Plourde

      In many ways this result is the best of both scenarios. Because of the massive amount of pretrial discovery, documents and deposition testimony (which is taken under oath) are now available to the Georgia authorities and can be used by the state to close the facility. And the Desmonds received a large settlement (It must have been substantially more than the $950,000 offered earlier).

  • mook

    Guess who met with President Obama? Granted it was just a promo appearance for her soon to be cancelled show
    http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1701562/jenna-elfman-1600-penn-president-obama-advice.jhtml

    • blissfulldreams

      wonder if she asked him if He had RAPED any babies lately

    • sugarplumfairy

      Aaaaaaaggggghhhh!!!

  • 1subgenius

    “Every day things are getting closer
    Going faster than a roller-coaster”
    (RIP Buddy)

  • EnthralledObserver

    I think it’s a good thing the Desmonds got a settlement… it’s their only form of justice really, as Patirck cannot be brought back to them. I assume it was a hefty setttlement that they felt satisfied with, or I hope it was anyway. I say it’s a good thing they got a settlement because when the insurance firms are done with Narconon and Scientology, I hope there will be no money left. The insurance firms will demand a paper trail of where all that money extracted fraudulently went… and I assume it went to fund Davey’s lobster, boytoys and pampering. He’s going to have to send it all back, and it will either be impossible as there won’t be enough money to cover it all – ’cause he ate the lobster – or there will just be another damning paper trail demonstrating Scientology, led intimately by Miscavige, controls Narconon. Either way, I see that propheted reckoning coming… I do!

    • http://twitter.com/SnippyH Snippy Haines

      The court documents are out there, unsealed, Narconon was sanctioned for stalling and lying, and the place had its licensed revoked. If they had gone to trial and won, I don’t know how much more would be gained and then Narconon would attempt to appeal the case forever. This way, the Desmonds hopefully recover some peace in their lives. Both Narconon GA and Narconon International have been exposed and held accountable.

  • BuryTheNuts2

    Awake. Check
    Coffee. Check

    Scientology. EAT ME.

    Just keep on bleeding cash in these lawsuits until you dry up you merciless evil machine!

    • http://twitter.com/SnippyH Snippy Haines

      Awake. Check
      Coffee. BRB

      • http://twitter.com/SnippyH Snippy Haines

        Awake. Check
        Coffee. Check

        Scientology. EAT ME.

        Disclaimers might help.

        (Scientology is a pretend religion for entertainment purposes only.)
        The only real part of it is that it’s not even funny and “not even wrong.”

  • Ms. Cabbage

    Test

    • VickiStubing

      You passed ;)

      • Ms. Cabbage

        Thanks and now trying to fix the damn avatar!

        • SP ‘Onage

          Ms. Cabbage, I missed you! Glad you’re back. :)

          • Ms. Cabbage

            Hi there. I am actually brand spankin’ new here. Was there someone in the past with this name? And here I thought I was being so clever. Now, if I can just get the cool cabbage patch kid avatar I’m in business.

    • Ze Moo

      This settlement and the evidence it generated just put NarCONon in the ‘assigned risk’ pool. Except there is no ‘assigned risk’ for commercial insurance. Some states allow ‘assigned risk’ for ‘professionals’ like doctors and psychologists, but seldom is it allowed for businesses. You either get commercial insurance or you post a huge bond. This settlement will cost the CON big insurance price increases NATIONALLY.

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Yes, this will be the gift that keeps on giving. When you say Big, I say Colossal.

        Scientology Monsters: Meet the Insurance Monsters. No, look Up, wayyyyy up.

      • mirele

        I wonder if NN snuggles closer to the Co$, it can self-insure under the Co$ umbrella?

        • Ze Moo

          Self insurance or even self bonding probably isn’t possible in all states. We may see NarCONons moving or opening up in states with no liability insurance regs or that allow bonding. Bonding, especially under CO$ corporate structure would expose CO$ to any lawsuits lost by NarCONon, I don’t think they will expose themselves. The raison d’etre of CO$ corporate structure has always been to limit liability and responsibility for their actions.

  • Observer

    All the best to the Desmonds and I hope they can find some peace. I’m grateful to them for persevering to this point through their terrible loss. Thanks to them the general public is far more aware of this evil Scn front group.

    And how despicable that Scientolonon is once again exploiting their faithful by throwing millions of dollars (I’m assuming it’s in that range, as desperate as they were) of their “donations” into a settlement for a family whose son died of that patented Scn arrogance and neglect, to make sure Scn’s filthy lies and filthier deeds don’t come to light.

  • Mary_McConnell

    This case was bound to settle because trial was to start on Monday and
    Narconon Int knew they were going lose, badly. Scientology was not a
    party to this case. Narconon must pay the piper. Settling saved the
    state from more wasted time. Both Narconon of GA and Narconon Int had no
    where to run. The only thing that could be gagged is the settlement
    agreement, but we don’t even know yet if it contains a Non Disclosure
    Agreement on that. But who cares? It was a ton of money. This we know.
    The jury would have awarded up to $50 million had it proceeded to trial.
    The Desmond Family has endured so much and these attorneys representing
    them have been at this case for 2.5 years…….. it’s not like we
    don’t have the important fruits of their efforts and sacrifices. This is
    a historic case and many more cases against Narconon will benefit from
    the damning documentation and depositions that case from those efforts.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      There are many successes in this case. The Armed Forces of Scientology view losing a soldier as so much collateral damage. I believe Jenna Miscavige Hill in her book said that children in scientology were viewed as so much collateral fallout. The Armed Forces of Scientology are only hurt by 4 battlefield maneuvers:

      1) Loss of any strategy documents into the hands of the enemy (American citizens and lawyers and judges)

      2) Loss of any cash, investment, or asset, even $1 or 1 brick.

      3) Loss of either one of their spies or loss of one of their duped allies.

      4) Loss of any Major Sales Strategy.

      Given the above, this is a full blown catastrophe for David Miscavige and his flying monkeys.

      Thank you to all who bled tears and forged through a blizzard of frustrations and documents and soldiered on despite every reason to give up, like Patrick Desmond’s family, Mary McConnell, Luke Catton, all who helped at the War Room and continue to do so at Tipping Point, Tony Ortega, David Love, media of Atlanta and Tampa and any others giving cover to our troops, lawyers and hundreds more behind the scenes.

      And to all those United States of America representatives of the many agenices and the politicians (you know who you are) who are Paid from our tax dollars to protect and defend, who sit back and whine how it’s just too hard, I hope you will now reconnoiter and gather at the table for a new tactic other than shrinking behind your desks and bawwwwwwing.

      A goddamn Veteran of the United States, someone who went through all the grueling training and sacrifices and hardships that every veteran in this decade endures only to return home in agony, died at a scientology front group, Narconon, and scientology Profited. The Armed Forces of Scientology ended his agony by killing him off with quackery and cold hearted neglect.

      So this morning I can’t help wondering as I have in the past, exactly Who’s army do you serve? I know I am just dreaming, but if all of you would gather in the War Room about this enemy of the American citizen (world citizens too) I hope you will ask yourselves that question. It is the United States government (IRS) that handed the enemy the weapon of cloaking. It is the U.S. government that needs to get the goddamn thing back before it kills, mains and tortures one more. And if you have any doubts about scientology as either armed forces or enemy, know this: This situation as I type will be referred to in David Miscavige’s War Room as: Hill 10.

      • BuryTheNuts2

        Hole, please adopt me. I want to be just like you when I grow up.

        • Ms. Cabbage

          ^^^^ this^^^^

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          You just want to bask in my high tech, frozen margarita Spa Lounge. ha.

      • Poison Ivy

        Still concerned – does this mean Narconon is still able to operate legally while the State pursues the criminal complaints? I am extremely happy for the Desmonds, though no amount of money can compensate for what that evil place took from them. But the end game, for me anyway, is Narconon stripped of all licenses and banned from practicing its expensive quackery ANYWHERE.

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          Time will tell how many dominoes fall from here. There is insurance fraud investigations and criminal charges Pending. Part of the government’s responsibility state to state and federal as well is amending laws and regulations for this industry. Remember, scientology’s OSA soldiers spend a great deal of resources on reconnaissance missions to find the enemy’s vulnerable and weak spots. Drug rehabilitation is just one aspect of an industry under the medical care umbrella, which is a huge mess. But these rehab facilities Can be regulated in a better manner and Now. In the past, Miscavige just opened new facilities if one got closed down, but under a name that didn’t include “Narconon”. I don’t have his quote handy, but at an event he stated that he was going to build up “generators” of new Narconons.

          Patrick Desmond’s family has given the U.S. government a gift. Narconons are a hidden wormhole that leads straight to scientology’s heart: their war chest. Making Narconon a major cash cow was a major mistake on Miscavige’s part, and could be his unraveling.

          The families of veterans going through such hardships and sacrifices and turmoil themselves and to then have to endure their death by scientology, I just can’t even fathom. But Patrick’s family has gone through hell in order that his son died Not die in vain, nor any of the other citizens who died from scientology’s insane Profit at Any Cost methods.

          At the very, very least, desperate families who search for drug rehabs now have a Chance that they will find out if a facility is Narconon (they hide under many names in referral online sites). And when they do search Narconon, Patrick Desmond’s spirit will be there to tell the frantic mom or distressed father why they should Avoid Narconon at any Cost.

      • California

        Yes.

  • sharon brown

    Very Happy for Patrick’s family that they may now be able to grieve the loss of their son, you are in my prayers dail. Greatful that they fought for their sons name and have taken the lid even more off of the Pandora’s box. I was looking forward to the trail for the mass media to pick it up and spread the truth wider, but not at the expense of the pain for the family. I truly hope that the criminal courts Do Not drop the ball , nor allow tiny fists to intimidate or buy them off ! Too many have died from Narconon’s decietful practices, this Needs to end ! I hope Davey boy is Beyond enturbulated, but am concerned for those still in as we know sh*t flows downhill with him , meaning his abuses may become more horrific ( if even possible !) the more he sees the walls closing in on him ! Also Big kudos to the law firm that stood up to Goliath and won ! The floodgates have been opened, the curtain drawn, here’s to much more enturbulation for tiny fists in the coming days, weeks and months of 2013 til they are no more ! 2013 is looking like aGreat year for Us , which means it sucks for you DM, COB!

  • Guest

    Tony,

    Thanks for your usual thorough reporting.

    Wishing all the best for the Desmond family. They have been through so much, and have turned their pain into positive action that should protect others from what Narconon did to their son. They and their attorneys did not allow Narconon to evade justice and have provided help (court documents) to other efforts to expose the wrong doing by Narconon.

    Narconon Georgia will not recover from this, however, they tend to come back under a new name and with more cloaking, so constant vigilance is required. Narconon Int has just begun to be held responsible; hopefully, other families hurt by Narconon will be able to use information from this lawsuit to get some justice. It may be that the tipping point has been reached; and there are not enough people in scn to intimidate all the plaintiffs, attorneys, reporters, ex-Narconon students/staff, ex-scn and internet activists that take on Narconon. Ultimately, Narconon should be a drain on scn funds and other resources rather than a funneling mechanism.

    The internet is a sunshine cyclotron and Narconon is getting smashed.

  • Peace Theta

    If I’m Miscavige, and I’m sitting upon billions of dollars in my personal coffers, the first thing I would do is close Narconon. Why leave yourself open to such ridiculous liability? Who knows how many more settlements will need to be paid out if they continue?

    • Observer

      Davey isn’t a rational human being. He’s a little megalomaniac who thinks he’s a Big Being.

      • Peace Theta

        Well maybe it needs to be presented like this:

        “Mr. COB, I know you are always right about everything. But if we keep Narconon open, we won’t be able to afford your $10,000 Italian suits and $20,000 fifty-year single malt scotch anymore.”

    • dagobarbz

      I think the question you should be asking is, “Is DM aware of the vulnerabilities of Narconon?” If he’s one of the mindless “It helps people” mentality, he will not see the pitfalls, as he is sure a drug rehab will be seen as beneficial to a community, and secure in his belief that it is all that the brochures say it is.

      The pitfalls are many, of course. Toxic vitamins and excessive saunas that claim impossible results.
      Program of junk medical science and quackery.
      Scientology be all up in thar.
      Unqualified personnel.

      These are just a few of the things that could get NNs shut down but, for some mysterious reason, haven’t. It’s a damn shame people have to die to get authorities’ attention, but that’s life.

      So, if you’re a Miscavige who believes in the Narconon program, you will think it’s defensible in court.
      If you’re a Miscavige who knows it’s all a big scam wrapped in an elaborate con, yeah, it’s bus time for Narconon and all its executives.

      Anything to draw attention away from me, DM, at the top of the heap.

      • Dean Fox

        Have to say that having read going clear and being 1/3rd way through Beyond Belief my feelings that David Miscavige is spiralling downward mentally have only been confirmed.

        In his world what’s true for him is true for him, only his truth is being shared by fewer people as time goes on. At some point his truth could end up being shared by no-one or so few that for all intents and purposes his truth is a complete delusion.

        It could get messy.

    • Observer

      Here is my reply to the link you posted about Dead Space 3 …

      I’m playing it right now. So far there has been very little Unitology presence, while the second game was focused on it. It was surreal how much DS2 felt like a battle against Scientology.

      I think the Thetan thing is a bit of a stretch, though the necromorphs do put me in mind of the registrars: you’re walking along minding your own business, when they literally start crawling out of the woodwork, attacking you en masse, intent on draining your life away, and no matter how hard you fight them off they just get back up and come at you over and over. You can kill most of them eventually, but there are some that can’t be killed because they regenerate. All you can do is leave the area.

  • sketto

    Reason number 4,372: Fuck you, David Miscavige.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.gravlin Bob Gravlin

    Just like heroin and other drugs which promise a quick fix and much suffering later I consider COS to be a type of heroin for the mind and spirit in that people may find some quick hits and some good feelings early on but if they stay with COS the cost and suffering in lost money, freedom of mind and life opportuni9ties greatly exceeds any early benefits of membership . Just like drugs it is best to not even experiment with COS.

    • dagobarbz

      Religion is the opiate of the masses…

      • Dean Fox

        And the church of scientology is crack cocaine.

  • SP ‘Onage

    This is not the final chapter of a sad story-but it is a reminder that justice never rests. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Desmond family as they begin the healing process.

    Good job, Lucas Catton, Mary McConnell and everyone at Tipping Point. Keep fighting the good fight! ;)

    • Mary_McConnell

      Thank you, SP ‘Onage :)

  • Sherbet

    I can’t fault any family who takes a cash settlement. They’ve been through a lot already. But, phooey! cos doesn’t dodge a financial bullet, but it sure escapes a bazooka in court, and many of us were looking forward to it.

  • The Dakini

    Quick question, can anyone clarify if the insurance fraud investigation would be federally lead? UHC is based out of MN and they are a national company.

    • Mary_McConnell

      This case is being investigated by the Georgia Insurance Commission. Because insurance information was submitted from Georgia to United Health Care, most likely this will evolve into an interstate fraud case involving the FBI but it is my understanding at this time that Georgia is heading the investigation. There is much that needs to be done to investigate and document such a matter so having the resources of the State of Georgia in charge is a logical and wise thing at the start.

      • The Dakini

        Thank you Mary. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1370027711 Fredric L. Rice

    Love seeing Scientology crime syndicate ringleaders and kingpins getting sent to prison. Miscaviage needs some major 1.1 in prison.

  • California

    Blessings on the Desmond family. The money is not enough for what they have lost.

  • California

    And a last reminder that all the states are now in the process of implementing reasonable and strict laws/rules/regulations about private substance abuse rehab programs and Narconon will not be able to change and conform to them. My prediction is that all Narconons will be shut down within a year but some, perhaps most, will be faced with civil and criminal charges about their operations.

    I just hope that people no longer send their fragile family members to any Narconons and that no one dies or is harmed by their stay in one. And that people pull their friends and family members from any Narconons that they are in.

    • Observer

      Now that’s what I call a best-case scenario!

  • Bella Legosi

    Just putting this out there because I haven’t seen it brought up before; so if Narconon on the record has squat to do with Co$ then that would mean Mr. Cruise is badly misinformed…..wasn’t it he that said, “We are the authoritys getting people off drugs. Rehabiliting criminals……Narconon…..Criminon.” (source: Tom Cruise http://youtu.be/UFBZ_uAbxS0 ) mmmmh definately sounds like he may have to go thru some MUs or the evil dyslexia body theaten has resurfaced……quick Tom to the E-Meter!!!

  • Motherofonewhodied

    When all the dust settles, our kids are still gone….money does not stop the bleeding….

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