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Prosecutors: Judge isn’t getting the point about Dennis Nobbe’s post-arrest shenanigans

On Friday, federal prosecutors filed an appeal of a judge’s decision not to throw Scientologist chiropractor Dennis Nobbe into jail for some pretty outrageous behavior after he was arrested in July for Medicare fraud and PPP loan abuse.

We told you on Thursday that when Nobbe was charged on July 29 he was allowed to post $200,000 bond but only if he followed some strict guidelines, which included the promise that he not contact ex-employees the government planned to contact as witnesses.

Nobbe’s arrest caught us by surprise, but we’ve known about him for years as a Miami Scientology bigwig who repeatedly ran into trouble with the government because he tried to force Scientology on his employees, even going so far to set up his own mini-“academy” across the street so his workers could get in some Scientology course time on breaks from their work at Dynamic Medical Services. Now he’s facing serious charges that for years he was ripping off Medicare and patients through the use of physicians he had bribed. His clinic has been shut down as he’s awaiting trial, and he has plenty of rules to follow in the meantime.

Prosecutors were clearly outraged that just two weeks after his arrest Nobbe not only called one of the potential witnesses, but also tried to engage in the same criminal activity he had been arrested for and even allegedly offered the ex-employee a bribe.


In their court filings, the prosecutors were also flabbergasted when they subsequently learned that Nobbe called another of the witnesses he’d promised not to contact, and they wanted Magistrate Judge Alicia Otazo-Reyes to revoke Nobbe’s bond and put him in custody.

Instead, she raised his bond to $350,000 and confiscated his mobile phone. And now in a new filing we’re showing you in full, the prosecutors are appealing her ruling and really, really want Nobbe tossed in irons.

On Thursday, we suggested that Judge Otazo-Reyes might not fully understand that in Nobbe she is dealing with a classic arrogant Scientologist, a prime example of the species Homo Novi who considers himself above wog law. And worse than that, say prosecutors, she seems confused about what is evidence and what is hearsay.

So in their appeal they spell out in much greater detail exactly how Nobbe reached out to his former employees — with a burner phone — and how the prosecutors secured evidence, not hearsay, that it was definitely Nobbe making the prohibited calls and text messages.

We pore through a lot of court documents, and we rarely see such a tone from prosecutors, who appear to be on their last nerve here. Read their brief for yourself and see if you don’t agree with us that they are trying to get this judge to get her head on straight about this Scientologist who is making a mockery of the court.

Here’s the document…

US vs. Dennis Nobbe: Govern… by Tony Ortega


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Source Code

“The most sorrowful engram I ever ran into was an AA [attempted abortion] on Christmas Eve. This was a brutal one. This person couldn’t even start to come near a Christmas tree without going to pieces. He didn’t want anything to do with Christmas or any part of it. He was very peculiar about presents. If anybody tried to give him a present, he would say the social amenities of ‘Thank you very much. Oh, yes, I enjoy it a great deal,’ and then hastily throw it into a trunk to get it out of sight so that he wouldn’t run into it again. This peculiar behavior was occasioned by the very sad engram of a mutual AA where Papa was being very brutal. He got drunk and decided that he didn’t want any children around. He did this AA against protest, at the same time talking about Christmas. And then he said, ‘I’ve got a present for him,’ and thrust a needle right straight through the embryo. One thrust, one phrase. It really messed up that person’s life. Mama went to the doctor shortly afterwards and got herself patched up and the baby came through.” — L. Ron Hubbard, September 7, 1950


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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 and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay’s sentencing is set for October 5 in White Plains, NY. Jeffrey’s is set for October 24.
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members, Medi-Cal fraud: Next pretrial conference set for Jan 12 in Los Angeles
Dennis Nobbe, Medicare fraud, PPP loan fraud: Charged July 29, bond raised to $350,000 on Aug 27.

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Oral arguments were heard on July 30 at the Eleventh Circuit
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Motion for reconsideration denied on August 11
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Sept 29 (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: Second amended complaint filed, trial set for Nov 9, 2021.
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: Trial concluded, awaiting verdict.


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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley (1952-2019) did not see his daughter Stephanie in his final 5,667 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 2,053 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,557 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,077 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,097 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 988 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,295 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,163 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,937 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,741 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,057 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,623 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,542 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,710 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,291 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,552 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,590 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,303 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,828 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,358 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,918 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,058 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,378 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,233 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,352 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,708 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,011 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,117 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,519 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,391 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,974 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,469 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,723 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,832 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on September 7, 2020 at 07:00

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