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Scientology chiro Dennis Nobbe drops dead after being informed he’s going to jail

[Dennis Nobbe and his former clinic]

Scientology donor and Miami chiropractor Dennis Nobbe, 63, learned on Monday that the US district court had decided to revoke his bond and put him in custody while awaiting trial on Medicare fraud and PPP loan abuse. He immediately called his attorney to tell him the news, and while on the phone, dropped dead.

That’s the account that attorney H. Dohn Williams Jr. told the court this week in a court filing. And so ends the life of Nobbe, who we had known for years as a major Scientology donor who had run into trouble repeatedly for trying to force Scientology on his employees.

We were stunned when Nobbe was arrested and charged in July for defrauding Medicare and for misusing money he had obtained from the Small Business Administration for COVID relief. He bonded out of custody for $200,000 and hired Williams to represent him.

Just two weeks later, Nobbe violated the conditions of his release by contacting two of his former employees that the government planned to call as witnesses. US Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan and trial attorney Sara Clingan urged Judge Alicia Otazo-Reyes to revoke Nobbe’s bond, saying that not only had Nobbe tried to continue in the same behavior that had got him in trouble, but that he had also tried to bribe a physician.

Judge Otazo-Reyes instead raised Nobbe’s bond to $350,000 and confiscated his mobile phone. But the prosecutors appealed that decision, and the two sides filed briefs arguing over what Nobbe had done and whether he should go to jail for it.


The last of those documents was due on Monday, so Nobbe and his attorney were apparently both confused when Nobbe received a call that afternoon from the court’s pretrial services officer, telling him to prepare to turn himself in to jail on Tuesday.

Nobbe called his attorney, and Williams told him that it was strange he’d been told that when the last of the documents had only been filed that morning.

“With the Dr. Nobbe on the telephone, the undersigned told Dr. Nobbe to hold-on. While the undersigned was checking PACER, the undersigned heard a noise and was no longer able to talk to Dr. Nobbe,” Williams wrote in his notice to the court that Nobbe had died, which he confirmed when Nobbe’s daughter later arrived at the chiropractor’s home to find him unresponsive.

As a longtime Scientologist and major donor to the church, Nobbe, or rather his disembodied self known as a thetan, will now be whisked to Venus or Mars, where his memory will be wiped by invader forces and he will return to earth after a period of some days in order to make his way to a maternity ward and jump into a newborn child to begin another lifetime on this prison planet.



Source Code

“Unfortunately, Black Dianetics is inherent in Dianetics. In 1945, this was all the Dianetics there was: how to drive people crazy, how to foul up political systems, how to restimulate individuals just by talking to them, without planting engrams. And in addition to this, how to interrupt life force in an individual. We haven’t gone into that very much. It is a wonderfully smooth way of committing murder.” — L. Ron Hubbard, September 17, 1951


Overheard in the FreeZone


“Book one? Nobody cares about Book One. That faded away seven decades ago. You need to be less politically correct. What you need is celebrities who actually speak their mind. Not Tom Cruise. OTs, almost by definition, do not organize Book One events. One can’t be an actual OT and involve oneself with that, because it is a waste of time. Napoleon got things done. And he had R6. You are not an OT, and no one should treat you as such. You can’t get things done and refuse to support people who do. You are as causative as a mentally disabled person in a wheelchair. Scientology OTs, putting the tech aside, are probably some of the least effective beings on this planet. I haven’t seen good results. And that’s because of lower grades.”


Random Howdy

“I’ve always wanted a goat. A small place in the country with a goat, a couple of pigs, some chickens, a duck or two and of course the usual cats and dogs…oh, and a semi-tamed crow or raven.”


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 revoked Sep 14. Nobbe dead, Sep 14.

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 26 (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: Eleventh Circuit ruled on Sept 9 that Feshbachs can’t discharge IRS debt in bankruptcy.
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.


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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[TWO years ago] Visit to London Ideal Org shows that the Scientology bubble is still firmly in place
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[FOUR years ago] With Jason Lee out, what does it mean for Scientology’s tightest celebrity clique?
[FIVE years ago] Surreal encounter at Scientology’s secretive Int Base shows up in Danish documentary[SIX years ago] New leaked videos from the super beings at Scientology!
[SEVEN years ago] Jenna Miscavige Hill Talks to Us As Her Book Comes Out in Paperback
[NINE years ago] Scientology Oz-fest: Commenters of the Week!


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 2,063 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,567 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,087 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,107 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 998 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,305 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,173 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,947 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,751 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,067 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,633 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,552 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,720 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,301 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,562 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,600 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,313 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,838 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,368 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,928 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,068 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,388 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,243 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,362 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,718 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,021 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,127 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,529 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,401 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,984 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,479 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,733 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,842 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on September 17, 2020 at 14:00

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