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Augustine: Compton scam rehab and ‘literacy crusade’ have vanished since raid


[Isaac Hayes (1942-2008) tells an audience about becoming the international spokesman for the World Literacy Crusade]

We could not have broken the big story of felony charges against Scientologists operating a Scientology drug rehab clinic in Compton without the help of our sources. We’ve had invaluable help here in New York with the Underground Bunker’s man on the scene, Jeffrey Augustine, who lives in Los Angeles.

This week, he volunteered to get some looks at the venues we’ve been talking about. The story we revealed on Thursday was that several Scientologists are accused of running a Narconon clinic out of the World Literacy Crusade, a longtime Scientology front in Compton. Arrangements were made with three prominent local educators (since fired) to provide high school kids to the “clinic,” where they were put through Scientology exercises, and the clinic then billed Medi-Cal as if the students had been treated for drug addictions. According to court documents, this scam was running at least from 2010 to 2013 (but we found evidence that it had been using foster children as early as 2005). The clinic was raided by a state law enforcement agency in March 2014. But what’s happened to the clinic, and the World Literacy Crusade, since then? Jeffrey Augustine is our man on the scene.

With the news of Dr. Hanan Islam being criminally charged for Medi-Cal fraud, I decided to drive over to Compton to visit the two Scientology-related entities where she worked, with Rev. Alfreddie Johnson Jr. (who has not been arrested or charged with a crime): World Literacy Crusade (3209 N. Alameda St, Suite B) and American Health and Education Clinics (3209 N. Alameda St, Suite B, sometimes listed as Suite C).

3209 N. Alameda Street is located in a well-maintained, single-story industrial park. Designed for light manufacturing, industrial distribution, or service and repair companies, this is not a location one would associate with a rehab clinic, church, or literacy crusade. I mention this point because, as a sales engineer, I called on manufactures and distributors for 30 years and had many small clients in these sorts of industrial parks in Los Angeles. The choice of location seemed odd to me. It is what Scientologists would call an “out point.” Adding to this out point is the fact that Rev. Johnson’s “True Faith Christian Center” is also, according to online records, located in Suite B. However, in 2013 the Reverend Johnson announced on Facebook that he had moved his church to the Hubbard Dianetics Community Center attached to the new Scientology “Ideal Org” in Inglewood:


Despite being listed at the N. Alameda address in Internet searches, Rev. Johnson’s World Literacy Crusade is also no longer located at the Compton address. The California Secretary of State website shows World Literacy Crusade to be a suspended entity:


A search of IRS 990 forms shows that the World Literacy Crusade today is a “doing business as” (dba) of Scientologist Holly Haggerty’s nonprofit Community Learning Center Inc. located in Clearwater, Florida (EIN 59-3521809).

At some point, Rev. Johnson’s World Literacy Crusade was subsumed into the Community Learning Center Inc. But in that organization’s latest tax return, for 2014, there is no mention of Rev. Johnson or the Crusade.

World Literacy Crusade has essentially vanished legally. Despite this, the official Church of Scientology website makes this claim for Johnson’s group:

Today, World Literacy Crusade operates programs in schools, community tutoring centers and juvenile detention facilities. It has grown into an international movement, with volunteers from lands as far-flung as Australia, Greece and Africa providing individuals with the basic tools to become literate, responsible, self-sufficient and employable. After completing the literacy program, 87 percent of teens involved in gangs and drug use made the decision to relinquish their former lifestyle and embark on a productive and ethical path.

While Scientology makes that confident claim about Rev. Johnson’s Crusade, the reverend himself has apparently moved on to a new enterprise — doing business in the United Arab Emirates:


While World Literacy Crusade has vanished from Compton, I also found, on my visit, that Hanan Islam’s American Health and Education Clinics is no longer located at the N. Alameda facility. I spoke to the gentleman who today rents Suite B. He is an industrial distributor who moved in about six months ago and told me Suite B was unoccupied when he moved in. I have blurred the name of his company in this photo of Suite B:


Suite C, which also was listed as an address for American Health and Education Clinics, is empty and the signage has been removed.


A peek inside the window at the former location of American Health and Education Clinics reveals nothing more than a lonely wall socket:


As with most things Scientology, the seedy reality belies the PR: Behold the former global headquarters of the World Literacy Crusade and American Health and Education Clinics:


And here’s what it looked like in better times, from a WLC video…


American Health and Education Clinics’ website has also been taken down, and the California Secretary of State website shows American Health and Education Clinics LLC to be a Delaware corporation whose California status is, apparently, forfeited:


The California data reveals American Health and Education Clinics LLC to be a Delaware corporation with a very impressive address in prestigious Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. This Chadds Ford address is also that of The Brandywine Companies, a real estate brokerage and financial services company. Brandywine’s “People” webpage shows the founder, chairman, and the CEO of Brandywine to be Scientologist Bruce E. Moore; Moore’s Scientology service completions are extensive. Moore and his Brandywine Company are listed as members of Scientology’s business front, WISE, in 2001 and 2004.


What is Bruce Moore’s tie to Hanan Islam? It’s not clear. One thing is certain when dealing with the Church of Scientology: Things are never as they seem.

— Jeffrey Augustine.


Bonus photos from our tipsters

Oh joy! A new Ideal Narconon drug rehab in Eslov, Sweden opened last week…


Handing out Youth for Human Rights pamphlets in Clearwater. Thanks, Legoland.


Celebrity clams Denice Duff, Nancy Cartwright, and Jim Meskimen do the selfie thing.




We didn’t get a chance to include photos in our book, so we’ve posted them at a dedicated page. Reader Sookie put together a complete index and we’re hosting it here on the website. Copies of the paperback version of ‘The Unbreakable Miss Lovely’ are on sale at Amazon. The Kindle edition is also available, and shipping instantly.

Our book tour is concluded for now. (But you can re-experience it through this nifty interactive map!) We’ll let you know about future appearances. Previous events: Santa Barbara (5/16), Hollywood (5/17), Orange County (5/17), San Diego (5/20), San Francisco (5/22), New York (6/11), Chicago (6/20), Toronto (6/22), Clearwater (6/28), Washington DC (7/12), Hartford (7/14), Denver (7/17), Dallas (7/20), Houston (7/22), San Antonio (7/24), Austin (7/25), Paris (7/29), London (8/4), Boston (8/24), Phoenix (9/15), Cleveland (9/23), Minneapolis (9/24), Portland (9/27), Seattle (9/28), Vancouver BC (9/29), Sydney (10/23), Melbourne (10/25), Adelaide (10/28), Perth (10/30)


Posted by Tony Ortega on December 19, 2015 at 07:15

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  • Frodis73

    OT-I know we have quite a few true crime buffs here, so I have a recommendation. I just started watching ‘Making a Murderer’ on Netflix. It;s a 10 part doc about a guy sent to prison for 18 years for a rape he didn’t commit, dna clears him, he sues the county for all kinds of misconduct and is then arrested for murder. I have not finished it, but it is pretty good. I’m so tempted to google it but I want to enjoy the ending. It’s like an episode of Dateline on steroids.

    • beauty for ashes

      Wish I had Netflix, will write it down and see if I can find it. Crazy!

      • MaxSpaceman

        Like $7.95 per mo. to stream 76 trillion videos from 76 planets in the Marcab Confederation.

        • beauty for ashes

          thanks 🙂

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    Bunker Kitty book review:
    Yeah, I read the whole thing. Dianetics, Schmianetics!
    Hubbard’s “engrams”? Where I come from we call them “HAIRBALLS”! One good cough and he would have been good to go.”

    • Felinetica: Thez Moderne Support for Afternoon Naps.

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        Or litter box filler.

        • beauty for ashes

          I remember seeing a pic of someone using dianetics in front of a litter box as a step for kitteh:)

    • OOkpik

      He’s got ears like a jackrabbit. How cute is that!

    • worstcultever

      Cat superiority to humans, closing argument: No cat has ever been a scientologist. I rest my case.

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    From the expression on her face, it looks like Mom just realized who L. Ron Hubbard was. “Don’t pop that balloon honey, it’s filled with body thetans!”
    And a link to a video snippet of the Winter Wonderland entertainment today.

    • $cnMonkeyNut$

      Or more accurately, perhaps… F5

    • worstcultever

      Perfect. Santa looks like a confused pillhead/drunk on a boat deck saying something incoherent. History!

  • Vaquera
    • CO$CUZ

      Ahhhhhhh. The Shins. Give me both chills and make me feel warm inside…..simultaneously.

      • beauty for ashes

        Melancholy and hugs. me too 🙂

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    PHOTO CAPTION – “Snuck into the #churchofscientology celebrity center today during their hip hop fashion show. “”Security was a joke until we tried for the hotel doors.”

    “What a strange world”

    “Ugh what are they doing to these poor kids”

    “there’s Kanye wests’ to produce and television that needs to be made… But I agree with you. Whole heartedly. Sad state. ”

    “greed beyond belief”

    “Sad indeed..a little scary..totally bizarre”

  • Jimmy3

    I’m in kind of a predicament here. I met this cute girl and we got to chattin. It’s all good and everything, and she said she’d call me soon. But the problem is that she hasn’t seen my e-meter yet. What if she doesn’t think my e-meter is sexy? I don’t know what to do. Am I fretting over nothing?

    • Nevermind that, what if she doesn’t like your extended “family?”

      • Jimmy3

        What, you mean my older-but-still-athletic uncle? I’m not worried about that.

        • I mean all of us.

          • Jimmy3

            Oh. My. Xenu.
            Please, just act normal.

        • jazzlover

          This one?

    • StudentOfLife

      Once she puts her hands on the cold steel, as long as she feels “charge” and you feel the needle is floating, I’m sure the model and look of the emeter really doesn’t matter. Youl’ll both begin the ride up the bridge at that point. KSW, as they say.

    • Nat-leficent

      If all you care about is blowing charge then there are plenty of floozies who’ll put up with your ridiculous floating needle.

      • jazzlover


        Can we get a shoop? 😉

      • Sid

        Does that floating needle have 3 swings?

    • Sid
    • Rasha

      “Honey, I’m on the cans – come talk to me!”

    • Sid
      • beauty for ashes

        My friend used to have a bumper sticker, “Meter maids eat their young.” lol

    • edge

      Girl, I’ve lived thousands of lifetimes, worked on a ship that traveled millions of miles in this and other galAXies, and blew up a couple planets with my brain power alone. But I’ve never met a thetan like you. Wait, what? You’re NOT on the Bridge? Oh shit, OH SHIT, massive entheta, here. Waiter! We’re leaving, and uh, she’s paying.

    • Kay

      Tell her you do great touch assists…that will make up for the cans.

      • Kay

        I’m referring of course to just nice shoulder massages…no scio funny stuff.

    • TheMirrorThetan

      Remember, it is not the size of the cans that matters, It is how you use them.

    • J. Swift

      As long as you don’t have a thetan in your mirror who does things everything should be okay.

      • aquaclara

        Ha ha, nice one.

  • Baby

    typing with hand. bitchy ..cant answer responses..going to dr. daily..hand still hurts coming..root canal tomorrow still miss coco. no improvement. miss u xo baby

    • daisy

      Rough week wake up tomorrow and start a new better one. Take ibuprophen , or have a drink. (( hugs)) and positive thoughts coming your way. Really important to keep wound clean.

    • daisy

      Hey Baby – maybe you can help me. I have a fat beagle. The vet told me to take her for more walks. I walk her twice a day. She can barely fit into the stroller. Any advice ?

      • Baby

        ha…thanks everyone..going to bed

      • TheMirrorThetan

        Then you need one of those baby sling wraps, Daisy. 🙂

        • daisy

          LOL maybe I will switch to cycling , I have a big basket.

      • Jimmy3

        Aww why’d you edit that? It was funny.

        • daisy

          I thought maybe talking about a dog insensitive. I will recycle probably. Thanks Jimmy, you already you crack me up daily.

      • Baby

        Hey Daisy.. I can’t sleep so thought I would gab with you.. : D

        You had asked me about my twin.. I love talking about her. Jude died of Brain cancer when she was 58..10 years ago..

        For the first 4 years I isolated myself and went into a deep depression. I had lost my heartbeat and the Oxygen had left the room. Drapes were closed as I sobbed her name…

        One night I just could not take the pain one more minute and just screamed out ..” God please.. Please take this pain..I can’t live like this..” Jude came to me in my sleep and said..

        well actually yelled.. ” GET YOUR ASS OUT OF BED AND DO SOMETHING WITH YOUR LIFE.. ENOUGH.. ”

        Well.. I jumped out of bed.. and it’s a long story.. but I was an Artist..I never drew anything in my life.. I never ever held a paint brush in my hand. But I knew I was an artist..

        I painted for about maybe ..let’s see 2009-I think 2013.. I painted like a Mad Women. Day and night.. I had like 5 canvases on 5 easels at a time. I was absolutely obsessed. I didn’t know at the time, but I was working through my grief.

        I didn’t know the tools that was using..the names.. but I knew exactly knew what to do with them. I had skills that it took artists years to learn how to do. It was absolutely a miracle.

        I sold online ( 5 shops) and have been in too many galleries to count. I’m not bragging. I didn’t feel like I painted was beyond me..I just held the brush.

        One day I received 10 consignment pieces and said..” I’m Done..” I haven’t picked up a brush since. I came to the Bunker and my long solitude was over.

        I have moments of sadness.. but NOT days, months or years.


        How I got involved as a critic.. When I was in college.. in the early 70s I had to take anatomy and Kinesiology. We were studying the science of the mind and our Course Work Book was..

        ” Dianetics..” ugh.. ( Can you imagine that today..) Many in the class signed up with the professor for Scientology.. ( It was a private college) j Thank God I did not.

        My best friend’s sister has been in the Cult for years.. like 25 years now.. I have always been fascinated by human behavior. Cult behavior like Scientology interests me because of my history of it during the 70s..

        Anytime you want to ask me anything feel free to. No subject is off hand.

        Merry Christmas to you and that fat beagle of yours.. love Baby f5

        • daisy

          Thank you so much again for sharing your story. I love the bunker when you are there. I love taking care of my mom, but it leaves me with a lot of down time. I am grateful for the friendships here. You can only read and watch TV so much. Make sure you get a pie for New Years . Eat a whole one just for yourself

          • Baby

            Thank you Daisy.. and thank you for taking loving care of your Mama..

            You can see that I had to be in the right mood to share..It is painful, but necessary for me to. I am thinking about writing a book about my experience, but every time I start I end up crying.

            I love when you are on too.. You are so funny with your fat beagle stories..hahhaa.. OH PIE? Hell to the yes..A whole Pie..

            I leave it in the pan and take a fork into my computer room PERFECT!

            lOVE you sweet and ornery ( like me) Daisy..

    • beauty for ashes

      Aww, still glad to hear from you anyway! ((((((((gentle hugs))))))))

    • MaxSpaceman

      ~ Ooo chile, things are gonna get easier ~

    • pat k

      My baby girl has one too…bet to you both

      • Baby

        Oh Pat..I am so sorry for your baby girl..hope she gets better. Thank you..

    • Kay

      I’d be bitchy too……hope everything gets better…xoxoxoxo

    • Mockingbird

      Baby, I had no idea you were into…this. I try not to be judgemental or a prude.

      • daisy

        Jenna switching to cows?

        • Mockingbird

          That’s…milk porn !?

          • B4you


            • Mockingbird

              In more ways than one !

          • daisy

            Well you and I don’t get it.. ( Ihope, but I bet Jenna does )

            • Mockingbird

              It wouldn’t be any more offensive than her other animal husbandry, I guess ? Scientology sure does take you into strange conversations…and stranger realities.

      • B4you

        a naked cowgirl handling a client? Why didn’t i think of that?

        • Mockingbird

          Uh….handling !? This is a bizarre video !!!

          • B4you

            Wait… Doh! i meant milking a client or giving a hand job! … What?

      • Baby

        hahahha this is good Birdie.. over the top..ha thanks..

        • Mockingbird


    • Juicer77

      (hugs) Here, let me wrap my foot around you. I hope your company that’s arriving will give you some help? If not I will be there soon to shoo everyone away and give you some sympathy.

      • Baby

        Oh Juice.. thanks sweetie.. yes lay beside me and wrap your foot around mine as I sleep.. House is getting cleaned by hubby.. ( Not like I would) but making improvements! xo baby

    • ReallyMGM

      {{hugz}} Baby. Kick back and have your company take care of things. Your body needs to heal and that won’t happen if you don’t slow down. It is tough to do. I am the worst at doing this!

      • Baby

        thanks kitteh..sigh..going back to bed soon..xo baby

    • Illinoisian

      Just want to send a hug to you — and I’m hoping that, by the time you read this, that your hand is feeling better and the root canal is all over (and that you have all the meds you need to make you comfortable). All this and company coming too? Oy! I hope they give you lots of help & sympathy. Thinking of you, Baby, and wanting it all to turn out ok.

      • Baby

        Thank you Lincoln.. just got back and laying down..xo

        • Illinoisian

          Hey, Baby — how ya doing? Hand getting better? Jaw feeling ok?

          • Baby

            Just got back from Dr. Lincoln.. He said that it is finally showing signs of healing..yay! xo

            • Illinoisian

              Good to hear. Glad the healing process has kicked in. xo back at you.

    • Jo

      Yikes, been away, hope u ok x

      • Baby

        Happy Holidays Jojo.. I’ll live.. : D

  • Robert Eckert


  • aquaclara

    OT. Waiting in the ER for a family member…for the last 5 hours. How many hours have to go by before they decide to let the patient actually get some sleep and either keep them or send them home? Just wondering.

    • Sarah James

      Been there, done that. Read, or rest if you can.

      • aquaclara

        Yep…’s gotten very quiet here. Hopefully, it will all be good soon. There were assorted tests that had to be done. I figure that’s two hours a test.

        • Sarah James

          Hope you get to go home soon.

          • aquaclara

            Thank you! Should be soon.

    • Juicer77

      Hope everything is ok. Will say some prayers. Waiting at the ER is the worst.

      • aquaclara

        Thank you. Isn’t this off your time, too? Or is it tea time about now?

        • Juicer77

          Nearly 9 AM here. Awaiting the meter reader so we can get our electric bill. It’s all glamour here!! XD

    • daisy

      Also hope everything ok.

    • vicariousthrill

      Ooh, hope all is ok. Just being there can be trauma enough.

  • Juicer77

    O/T for Dodo, of course! And anyone who needs a smile today. You know who you are. (f5)

    • OOkpik

      Cat watches tail speak.

      • Graham

        I’ve heard of self-hypnosis but this is ridiculous 🙂

    • Thanks for the good laugh!

  • Dave Reams

    Narconon can’t have an easy time in Sweden. Public television did a scathing documentary on them (and Scientology in general) and publically humiliated some local officials around the country who were sending patients to Narconon for treatment.

    I have not seen it yet, but Swedish TV has a new documentary series called “The only true path” where Scientologists are interviewed. It looks like episodes 2, 3, and 4 are devoted to Scientology. Sorry, it is in Swedish.

    • Sammy

      I’ll check that out. hopefully somebody will have a translation to English too. Please respond to my survey here:

    • Fuzzy

      The woman is named Mariette Lindstein IIRC. I saw her last in LA, working in the IG network directly under the Midget.

      • Dave Reams

        In the clip she says (roughly):

        “When I left Scientology I had nothing, no money, no passport, no green card, no ID”

        “My feelings when I was in and those I have now are worlds apart. I joined feeling a common cause and with vision of creating a better future. I left feeling dissapointed and disgusted at the way things had become”

        • Fuzzy

          Yes, I kind of know her story.
          Mike Rinder did a piece on her activities in Sweden recently on his blog.
          When I was in, she was in the IG network (don’t know if she was ever an actual Inspector General like Marty was). It was a time when many people were thrown in the Hole.

        • Dave Reams

          In part 2 of the documentary on cults Mariette Lindstein describes how joining Scientology was a lot like falling in love. She worked directly for Hubbard and then for Dave. She describes a wave of changes occuring under Dave’s domination. All vacations and days off dissapeared, women were strongly discouraged from having children, parents with children were separated, and the violence! Dave’s physical violence was totally unpredictable and what triggered him unexplainable. But oh so ever present!

          Her son John received some rudimentary LRH education until he was 11 and then nothing! At age 15 he worked in the same building as Mariette but they virtually never saw one another. I presume John is still in the clam shell.

          The producers of the documentary contacted Scientology in the U.S. but never received a reply. Apparently Scientology in Sweden who initially likewise ignored the request did agree to allow filming in an org. This might be shown in subsequent parts?

      • Free Minds, Free Hearts

        She just wrote a novel about life in a cult. Apparently is good, has good reviews. I wish I spoke Swedish but hopefully it will get translated.

  • texasexpat

    That website is hilarious. Honestly, if you want to create an education system that rivals all others bla, bla, bla you might want to proofread your work and at least spell America with a capital letter. And that Mohammed quote is in poor taste, at the very least.

  • texasexpat

    Does Fraudie have a mole in the center of his nose or can I stop trying to clean my iPad screen?

  • Dave Reams

    Further in the Swedish documentary on cults, Mariette Lindstein says she had an abortion because it was not permitted for people working in management to have children. I wonder if her testimony, someone who worked directly for Devoid Miscavige would have any bearing on the Laura DeCrescenzo case?

  • Dave Reams

    In later parts of the Swedish documentary, the film makers are invited into an org and begin a pleasant chat with a PR man. The film makers are genuinely friendly and interested. Scientology is reluctant to allow them to talk with “ordinary” Scientologists but does provide a few who have been “prepared”. A new clear, a new OT8 and a cute young 2nd gen couple.

    Things get a little “Spinal Tap” when the filmmakers visit a volunteer minister tent and during a touch assist massage ask the Scientologist if he has had any training in this … “Uhhhh I read the material in the binder” and how this differed from a regular massage “Ummmmmmm. [stone dead silence]”.

    Visiting the cute youg couple and the PR director on the street in their green Way to happiness jackets pamphlets in hand the journalist notes that “Scientology” does not appear on the literature. The PR director launches an elaborate lie about how the WTH is not affiliated with Scientology, it is a group which the church gives support to.

    When the PR director is asked how he handles questions from members who ask about things they have heard about RPF or David Miscaviges’s behavior he denies any knowledge of such things.

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Thank you for this, Dave.

  • Lighthouse

    I love your work, Jeffery Augustine. I love your interviews, your writings, your professionalism and your exposes (supposed to be expozays). Please don’t stop.