Washington DC tax attorney Monique Yingling continues her star-turn as Scientology’s top legal mercenary after she totally stole the show during Ron Miscavige’s 20/20 appearance in April, and now she’s set to cash in handsomely after years of high-paid work for Scientology leader David Miscavige.
She recently put her sweet little Delaware beach hideway on the market. And for a cool $2.4 million, you’ll get a five-bedroom, four-bathroom, 3,760-square-foot party pad on the Lewes Rehoboth Canal and just a short stroll from the Atlantic Ocean.
And don’t go feeling bad about taking Monique’s beach villa off of her hands. She still has a lovely 5-bedroom, 4-bathroom, 2,638-square-foot house in DC that Zillow prices at $1.6 million. And here’s the best part about it: her neighbors just down the block are Scientology’s party pair, television journalist Greta Van Susteren and her husband, retired attorney John P. Coale!
In November 2015, Monique also picked up a couple of charming 1-bedroom cottages on Cape Cod for a package deal of $1.875 million. Score!
So hey, let’s take a look at what providing years of legal cover so David Miscavige can continue to work children 90-hour weeks for pennies an hour will buy you in the state of Delaware! Here’s what the place looks like from the front…
But the real action is out back, facing the canal. Take a look at the beautiful architecture!
And here’s the view of the canal itself — perfect for the Squirrel Busters to paddle up and get photographs of you if you’re up to no good!
And let’s get one more look inside. Nice stuff, Monique!
So what has Monique done to earn the money for this kind of luxury? She and her husband, tax attorney Gerald Feffer, worked for Scientology for decades. Feffer was David Miscavige’s biggest weapon in Washington, and helped the church win tax exempt status in 1993. In March 2013, Mr. Feffer died of Parkinson’s Disease at 70.
Here’s what former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder told us about that at the time…
I am saddened by his death and I was sorry when I heard he had Parkinson’s. On a personal level he was a nice guy. I am sure he has been replaced by someone else the church is paying to be an influence broker. From that perspective, these people are relatively expendable — as long as you have money you can buy influence. I suspect the effect may be greater on Monique — hopefully it will get her to realize there are things more important in life than taking money from Miscavige to do his dirty work for him. After the IRS CID investigation was ended, Gerry was not involved in the day to day activities of Miscavige. Monique has been. If anyone warrants the title of Miscavige consigliere, it’s Monique Yingling.
Despite that wish expressed by Rinder, Monique’s role only got more visible in the last three years. And it was never on display like in April, when she appeared on 20/20 because, apparently, there’s just no one left in the Church of Scientology who can go on camera and answer questions about David Miscavige and the Sea Org. She didn’t seem very convincing in her denials about the abuse that Ron reported in his book, but she did bring Dan Harris muffins made by Sea Org slaves. It was a nice touch.
“Somehow she has become the only ‘spokesperson’ for Scientology, even though she is not a Scientologist,” Mike Rinder points out.
But hey, she’s got a hot property to sell!
We sent emails to Ms. Yingling and to her realtors who listed the property, Bryce Lingo and Shaun Tull, and inquired about any upcoming open house events. We’ll let you know if they get back to us.
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