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Miami chiropractor and Scientology donor Dennis Nobbe charged with COVID relief fraud

Wow! Another Scientologist chiropractor has been charged by the feds with defrauding Medicare, but also defrauding the PPP loan program intended to bail out small businesses during the COVID crisis. And this time, we know him well. It’s Miami Scientology promoter Dennis Nobbe!

Seven years ago, we described how he had run into trouble with the federal government for forcing his employees to become Scientologists to such an extreme he had created his own Scientology academy for his workers to go through.

And now he’s facing some serious trouble, as described this afternoon by the Department of Justice:

Dennis Nobbe, 63, of Miami, Florida, was charged by criminal complaint, unsealed today upon his arrest, in the Southern District of Florida with wire fraud; health care fraud; conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud; making false statements to a financial institution; money laundering; and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He is expected to make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge John O’Sullivan at 1 p.m. EST today.


Nobbe is accused not only of defrauding Medicare, which is why New York Scientologist chiropractor Jay Spina is facing prison time, but he also had the audacity to use PPP money for personal use!

The complaint alleges that Nobbe, a chiropractor, orchestrated a scheme to exploit his patients for financial gain through a credit card program intended to help patients pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses. To conceal his role in the scheme, Nobbe paid bribes to other physicians to open credit card merchant accounts in their names. Nobbe then encouraged patients at his chiropractic business, Dynamic Medical Services Inc., many of whom were low-income and did not speak English, to apply for the credit cards.

According to the complaint, Nobbe charged thousands of dollars to these credit cards for services that he never, or only partially, rendered, leaving patients saddled with debt. In addition, Nobbe bribed a physician to submit claims to Medicare on Nobbe’s behalf because Nobbe, as a chiropractor, was ineligible to submit the claims himself, and would not have been able to receive reimbursement for the claimed services. Nobbe and other physicians also allegedly conspired to launder the proceeds from these schemes.

As stated in the complaint, Nobbe instructed the physicians to conceal Nobbe’s involvement in the scheme, and sought to conceal the purpose of large wire transfers he received, through the use of shell companies and sham contracts.

The complaint further alleges that Nobbe obtained over $200,000 in PPP and EIDL loans intended to provide COVID relief, and that Nobbe transferred portions of the proceeds to shell companies under his control and to pay personal expenses.

It’s really something to see these wealthy Scientologist donors finally getting charged for what so many of them get away with.

When we wrote about him in 2013, we were astounded to learn that he was not only forcing Scientology on his employees, but that he’d even set up a physical Scientology academy, sort of a mini-church, across the street…

We’re learning that Nobbe was a particularly fanatical WISE guy.

“He had his own academy,” says Frank Oliver, a former Scientologist who worked as a spy for the Office of Special Affairs in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and who, like Nobbe, was involved in the Miami “org.”

…Oliver introduced us to two South Florida women who also have an extensive background with Nobbe and told us about his long history running his own Scientology academy for employees.

“The academy was across the street from his office on Bird Road in Miami,” says one of the women, who asked not to be identified. Employees would go across the street for Scientology courses when they weren’t working in the chiropractic office, she says. “He required all of his chiropractic doctors to go to the org for courses. Some did auditing, some did training to become auditors.”

The woman, who worked at the academy, says Nobbe had a reputation for being a major player in the local org. “Almost the whole time I knew him, I was in the bubble, and his reputation in the organization was so large because he’d donated so much money. He was getting all kinds of pats on the back. For buying books, and helping with renovations. And then the money he was making, some of it was coming from dentists and chiropractors and other professionals he was bringing in,” she says.

…“The academy was easily as big and decked out as some of the missions,” says the other woman, Patti Thompson, who at one time was a mission holder herself — a sort of franchisee running a facility that would provide entry-level church courses. She says she understood what kind of pressure Nobbe was under to get new employees to go with the program. “As a Scientologist you have to do that kind of shit. You have to force people in, whether they want to or not. You have to get them to take courses to improve your own stats.”

We asked them if they had an opinion about why Nobbe — pronounced KNOW-bee — had been unable to work something out with the government short of being sued and facing the possibility of a large judgment.


“It’s because he’s a Scientologist,” says Thompson. “He isn’t going to act the way most employers would. He wouldn’t consult an attorney or other business people. He would go straight to the org. Scientologists don’t think with the same toolkit.”

Well, he’s certainly in trouble for doing things his own way now.


And here’s the criminal complaint. Help us pull out the best parts!

US v. Dennis Nobbe: Complaint by Tony Ortega on Scribd


Source Code

“Do you realize the value of auditing is not measurable in dollars and cents to a person who is being audited properly? It is just not measurable. A hundred thousand dollars an hour would be something he would talk about. Got the idea? He would talk about. He might not be able to pay it but he could consider it. Now, that’s quite interesting. He could consider it, without gaping and jumping out the window and so forth.” — L. Ron Hubbard, July 29, 1958



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Full Court Press: What we’re watching at the Underground Bunker

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Arraignment scheduled for September 18.
Jay Spina, Medicare fraud: Sentencing is set for August 27 in White Plains, NY
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members, Medi-Cal fraud: Next pretrial conference set for Jan 12 in Los Angeles

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Oral arguments set for August 30 at the Eleventh Circuit
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Hearing on motion for reconsideration set for August 11
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Sept 4 (CSI/RTC demurrer against Riales, Masterson demurrer), Oct 7-19 (motions to compel arbitration)
Jane Doe v. Scientology (in Miami): Jane Doe dismissed the lawsuit on May 15 after the Clearwater Police dropped their criminal investigation of her allegations.
Matt and Kathy Feschbach bankruptcy appeal: Oral arguments were heard on March 11 in Jacksonville
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Amended complaint filed, trial set for Nov 9, 2021


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

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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley (1952-2019) did not see his daughter Stephanie in his final 5,667 days.
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Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,897 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,701 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,017 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,583 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,502 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,670 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,251 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,512 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,550 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,263 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,788 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,318 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,878 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,018 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,338 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,193 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,312 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,668 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,971 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,077 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,479 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,351 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,934 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,429 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,683 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,792 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on July 29, 2020 at 13:55

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