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Scientology skates (so far) as OK grand jury says “keep investigating” Narconon Arrowhead

Stacy Dawn Murphy

Stacy Dawn Murphy

In June, we told you that we had learned the Oklahoma Multicounty Grand Jury was investigating evidence of insurance fraud at Scientology’s flagship drug rehab center, Narconon Arrowhead.

The Multicounty Grand Jury was empaneled in January 2013 and just finished its work, submitting a final report yesterday. It listed numerous murders and other crimes that it looked into. And near the end of its report, it had a single paragraph about Scientology’s rehab center:

“The Multicounty Grand Jury heard testimony and reviewed evidence from multiple witnesses concerning allegations of insurance fraud at Narconon Arrowhead, located in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma. The Grand Jury also received numerous exhibits concerning these practices, but there is still work to be done in this investigation. This Grand Jury supports and recommends the continued investigation of these allegations.”

So, two years after the death of Stacy Dawn Murphy, and the deaths of two other Narconon patients just a few months before her, another Oklahoma agency says, “we’re still looking into it.”

Since Gabriel Graves died in 2011 and Hillary Holten and Stacy Murphy died in 2012, county and state law enforcement agencies have been supposedly investigating the deaths, with no word of an outcome. The state’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services also investigated the deaths, and we know now that its inspector general found that there had been wrongdoing at the health clinic. She even recommended that the place get shut down. But her superiors buried her report and fired her because they were too afraid to take on the Church of Scientology — those are the allegations in Kimberly Poff’s explosive lawsuit we told you about on Tuesday. The Mental Health officials allegedly buried her report and then told its board of directors it was “still investigating.”

And now the Multicounty Grand Jury says it wants to keep investigating, even after hearing a large volume of evidence.

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No one in a position of authority in Oklahoma seems to want to do anything about the death of Stacy Murphy.

“I can’t believe that. They had mountains of evidence and had to have many witnesses,” a source familiar with the multiple investigations in Oklahoma told us today. “I’m dumbfounded that they aren’t doing something locally, even if something national is starting to happen.”

What our source means, he explained, was that the state may be holding back as it expects a national investigation to take over. He tells us that members of national law enforcement agencies have been taking part in meetings where evidence of wrongdoing at Narconon facilities in Georgia and Oklahoma have been reviewed and discussed.

Are the feds about to get involved? It would be nice if someone made some kind of a decision either way — it’s just as unfair to Narconon officials for these investigations to go on forever without a decision either to exonerate or indict.

Here’s the report from the grand jury. Narconon is mentioned on page 17.

 

Oklahoma Multicounty Grand Jury Report

 
We’ve put in calls to Robert Murphy and numerous other people for reactions to the grand jury’s report. We’ll add their words here when they come in…

Gary Richardson, a former prosecutor who is handling numerous lawsuits against Narconon Arrowhead, was more optimistic.

“I used to be a US Attorney and dealt with the grand jury. And I would say that’s good news. They didn’t shut it down. They’re seeking more investigation,” he says. We asked him if he thought the grand jury could still produce indictments after making a statement like they did in the report. “It very well could mean that,” he said.

Rachel Bussett, who is representing Kim Poff, said something similar. “It’s good at least that they didn’t come back and say no. I’m glad that they’re at least continuing to investigate because we think there’s a lot to investigate,” she says. But she acknowledged that the state is moving very slow when it comes to Narconon. “It’s going to be a long time before you have any answers.”

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on August 22, 2014 at 18:00

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