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Scientology’s drug rehab network hit with lawsuit number 22 by attorney Ryan Hamilton

Las Vegas attorney Ryan Hamilton has filed another federal fraud lawsuit against Scientology’s drug rehab network, Narconon. That brings to 22 the suits he’s filed against Narconon facilities in Colorado, California, and Nevada.

This time, the plaintiffs are Ricky and Jana Martin and their son Wes, who live in Texas. According to the complaint, on July 23, 2014, the Martins were looking for a rehab facility for Wes, and they talked to Dan Carmichael of Narconon Fresh Start.

Carmichael told them that the facility in Nevada, Rainbow Canyon Retreat, had a 76 percent success rate, that the program’s sauna-based ‘detoxification’ program was based on scientific principles, that it was a secular program featuring licensed medical professionals.

As so many others have before them, the Martins eventually learned that all of that was deceptive. The Narconon program is Scientology training, not drug counseling, and the staff is made up of recent graduates, not medical professionals.

The Martins paid $31,000 up front as Wes began the program.


Carmichael also recommended that [the Martins] employ Kevin Ray d/b/a Second Wind Intervention as an interventionist. [The Martins] did so and paid Ray an additional $2,500.00. Ray flew to Plaintiffs’ home in Texas and conducted an intervention. Wes flew with Ray to Nevada to participate in treatment at Fresh Start.

In the complaint Hamilton repeats the research he’s put together in his other lawsuits, with testimony from Narconon’s own expert witness that undercut its success claims.

Wes was alarmed by the bizarre practices in which he was instructed to engage at Fresh Start. They bore no apparent connection to the treatment of substance abuse. Wes left Fresh Start after approximately three weeks because he was not receiving anything resembling treatment nor anything resembling what Plaintiffs had been promised.

Here’s the complaint…


Martin v. Narconon: Complaint

By our count, that’s twenty-two lawsuits Hamilton has filed against Narconon in California, Nevada, and Colorado.

Angelo Amato (Warner Springs, CA)
Christy Estrada and Branden Chavez (Warner Springs, CA)
Cathy and Michael Tarr (Nevada)
Harry and Lauren Geanacopulos (Nevada)
David, Stacy, and Jack Welch (Nevada)
Bryan and Nikki Mott (Colorado)
Charles and Tyler Matthys, and Linda Phillips (Colorado)
Kenneth and Jered Mowery (Watsonville, CA)
Robin Jones, James Ramirez Sr. and Jr. (Watsonville, CA)
Charis Yates, Beret and Dean Pugh (Nevada)
Lori, Ryan, and Jilliene Winchell (Nevada)
Ben Levy (Colorado)
Monica and Sean O’Connell (Watsonville, CA)
Ronald and Jason McClure (Nevada)
Michael and David Tino (Nevada)
Jerry and Christy Courson (Colorado)
Terney, Barbara, and Thomas Knoflick (Watsonville, CA)
Claudia and Sarah Buchett (Warner Springs, CA)
Sherri and Emily Brown (Warner Springs, CA)
Christopher, Curtis, and Linda Keller (Warner Springs, CA)
Stephen and Donna Koslow (Nevada and Warner Springs, CA)


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Sam Domingo and Pete Griffiths on Spanish TV

It took us a while to get used to this presenter’s gimmick of sitting in a box (the name of her show is apparently “In the Box” — En la Caja), but it’s great to see Pete and Sam get some airtime.



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