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The FBI wants recent cases of Scientology fraud? We’ve got them right here, for crissakes

[A photo that should become a court exhibit]

Yesterday, Scientology and the Aftermath participant Aaron Smith-Levin posted a notice on Facebook about a Reuters reporter who was looking for recent examples of Scientology fraud.

Here’s what he posted…


Apparently, this Reuters reporter hasn't been paying attention to the Underground Bunker. In the last year, we've practically been specializing in new cases of Scientology financial crime.

There was the case of Efrem Logreira, a 75-year-old man who, within a year of joining Scientology in 2017, was nearly homeless because of the interest payments on credit cards the church had taken out in his name and used them to spend tens of thousands for courses he would never need. You might remember the amazing image Efrem snapped of three Sea Org women who took him out for ice cream while hitting him up for $20,000 in unnecessary charges that you see at the top of the page. Thankfully, attorney Graham Berry was able to make Efrem whole by pointing out that the church was in violation of several laws, including elder abuse statutes. And besides getting his money back, Efrem also spoke with federal investigators (although not from the FBI).

— After that we told you about a woman from the midwest who, at 82 years of age, had to sneak out of her Los Angeles hotel at 4 in the morning to escape from Scientology’s staffers who had been hounding her for more donations. They had already convinced her to open new credit cards and put tens of thousands of unnecessary charges on them, just like with Efrem. She too was made whole by Graham Berry, and she too spoke with federal investigators.

— Graham Berry helped another man, Sean Henderson, who was similarly rooked by Scientology’s high-pressure tactics. Henderson was convinced to fly from Hawaii to Los Angeles and was then charged so much money, he didn’t have the funds to return home. In April Graham allowed us to print the demand letter he presented Scientology, which made Henderson whole.

— And in May, Graham once again helped another man, 69-year-old Louis Stephen of Mesa, Arizona, get his money back after Scientology treated him outrageously. In his case, once Scientology thought they had him on the hook, they sent a female staffer to fly to Mesa and get him to take her to his mobile home for an all-night session of pressuring him to buy more courses.

We believe that in each of these cases, federal investigators were informed and did interviews. And not only did they all occur in the last two years, some of them we reported on while they were happening or within weeks of being resolved.

So, Reuters, what’s taking you so long to call?


Bonus items from our tipsters

Remember what we said about Grant Cardone? That his success at the Hollywood Celebrity Centre might be only the beginning of him barnstorming for the church? Well, look who’s appearing at the Sydney church this Sunday…


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Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

[Jenna Elfman, Giovanni Ribisi, and Greta Van Susteren]

We’ve been building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them. Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs,’ from one end of the planet to the other! Help us build up pages about each these worldwide locations!

Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society!

Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in our weekly series. How many have you read?



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[FIVE years ago] Scientology skates (so far) as OK grand jury says “keep investigating” Narconon Arrowhead
[SIX years ago] Report From the Fringe: Underground Bunker Night at The TomKat Project
[EIGHT years ago] The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 18: Amy Scobee


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,546 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,675 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,179 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,699 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 719 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 610 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,917 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,785 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,559 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,333 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,679 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,245 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,164 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,332 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,913 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,174 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,213 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,925 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,451 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 977 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,540 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,680 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,000 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,856 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,975 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,330 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,633 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,739 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,141 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,013 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,596 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,091 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,345 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,454 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on August 22, 2019 at 07:00

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