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Scientology’s day care from hell: The scandal the church managed to keep hidden — until now

Written by Tony Ortega | Illustrations by Chad Essley

  Ellen was driving back from an outing in San Diego with her daughter when she got the call. [“Ellen” is not her real name, but this account is exactly how she told it to us.]

It was Julian, an ethics officer at Scientology’s “org” […]

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Monique Rathbun: Hey, Texas court, here’s something to chew on

  It’s been a long time since we’ve heard anything about the Monique Rathbun lawsuit against Scientology and its leader, David Miscavige.

The Texas lawsuit was put on hold when Scientology appealed a March 2014 ruling by Comal County Judge Dib Waldrip denying its “anti-SLAPP” motion. Arguments were made at a hearing before […]

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Scientology’s trophy problem: Did David Miscavige lie, or did the IAS?

[Scientologists, admiring the milestones of IAS enlightenment]

  In November, we told you the saga of Richie Acunto. He was the once high-flying Scientologist who owned Survival Insurance in California, but then whose bankruptcy resulted not only in unhappy investors, but also the stunning auctioning off of his Scientology trophies.

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Did Scientology hire the man sent to prison for hacking us? Not his job to find out, judge said

  As Eric Saldarriaga was leaving a ninth-floor courtroom at the old federal court house in New York City following his sentencing yesterday, he was in tears.

I couldn’t help wincing.

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MIKE RINDER AND REPORTER: MAN CONVICTED OF HACKING WAS WORKING FOR SCIENTOLOGY

  Eric Saldarriaga faces sentencing Friday for the attempted hacking of the former church spokesman, who asks feds to look into Scientology’s alleged culpability

By Tony Ortega

Tomorrow in New York, Eric Saldarriaga, a 41-year-old Astoria, Queens private investigator, will be sentenced in federal court after pleading guilty to hiring a hacker to access […]

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Garcias file notice of appeal with the Eleventh Circuit, take on two more specialist attorneys

After Judge James Whittemore granted the Church of Scientology’s motion to compel Luis and Rocio Garcia to take their complaints to the church’s internal arbitration, we wondered — would they really go through with Scientology arbitration, or would they appeal?

The Garcias are former longtime Scientologists who filed their fraud lawsuit against Scientology in […]

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Former Scientologist found guilty of defrauding other exes — ALSO: 1998 film re-release

On Tuesday, a federal jury convicted Frank Pate, 47, of two counts of wire fraud and one count of mail fraud after a five-day trial in Sherman, Texas. He is in custody and will be sentenced at a future date.

Previously, we told you about Pate, a former Scientologist who, according to some of his […]

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Scientology denied: Karen de la Carriere stops a takedown attempt on videos at her channel

Karen de la Carriere has been keeping us updated on a situation she’s been facing with the Church of Scientology, and now that she’s resolved it, she’s ready to go public.

Some time ago, she received notices from Scientology attorney Gary Soter that she was in some kind of violation of some sort because of […]

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Las Vegas attorney Ryan Hamilton makes it 29 lawsuits against Scientology’s drug rehab

Las Vegas attorney Ryan Hamilton is back filing lawsuits against Scientology’s drug rehab network, Narconon. We’ve watched as he’s filed cases in California, Nevada, Louisiana, Florida, and now another case in Colorado.

Hamilton had taken a pause for a while as he attempted to consolidate his cases in a single Nevada federal court. But after […]

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Ryan Hamilton files his 28th fraud lawsuit against Scientology’s drug rehab network

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Las Vegas attorney Ryan Hamilton is at it again, filing his 28th federal fraud lawsuit against the Church of Scientology’s drug rehab network, Narconon.

Once again, he’s filed a lawsuit against Narconon’s facility in Nevada, Rainbow Canyon Retreat in Caliente, and this time the plaintiff encountered problems with […]

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