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The Scientologists doing battle with the SEC over a $1 billion pile of cash

[Scientologists Matt Judkin and David Gentile]

In February 2021, we told you that Scientologist David Gentile was charged by the New York Attorney General’s office for operating what it called a $1.8 billion Ponzi scheme, paying older investors with money from newer investors of a company called GPB Capital []

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Podcast: It’s Scientology’s move in several court cases, and we try to keep it all straight

 It’s an interesting moment when it comes to the several cases of Scientology litigation that we keep an eye on: Right now, we’re waiting on the edge of our seats for Scientology to make its next move in several big []

As Scientology’s struggles continue, it’s time to declare your independence!

 Here in the United States we are celebrating our independence, and we hope you are too, wherever you are. []

Scientology’s new hype video is off the charts, kids. Prepare to put the pedal to the metal!

 Let’s establish this from the beginning: Scientology has a lot of money, and it will never give up the idea that it’s the fastest growing, coolest religion on Earth (despite all evidence to the []

The subchaser that never was: L. Ron Hubbard’s farcical first command

 It’s Memorial Day here in the US, and once again we’ve asked Chris Owen for an excerpt from his excellent book Ron the War Hero to commemorate L. Ron Hubbard’s war service. Make sure to pick up a copy of the book if you haven’t []

1950 US Census proves Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard did indeed have a second wife

[L. Ron Hubbard and his second wife, and poof!]

Hey, this was a nice catch we noticed yesterday at Facebook, and so we went to the recently released 1950 US Census records to verify it for []

It’s a Scientology Easter bonnet parade: Founder L. Ron Hubbard in his best finery!

 We wish a fulfilling Ramadan, Passover, or Easter to all of those who partake in these ancient and venerated religious milestones around the world, and which this year have all happened to overlap with one []

Updated for 2022: Where in the world are Scientologists actually located?

 We told you recently that we had heard some scary news about our old friend, Operation Clambake operator Andreas Heldal-Lund. At his Facebook account, he explained that he’d collapsed in a supermarket and had woken up in a hospital after having some kind of []

The origin of Scientology’s notorious prison program: Hana Whitfield’s eyewitness account

 Last week, Louise Shekter gave us a piece about the origin of Scientology’s notorious prison program, the Rehabilitation Project Force. Technically, the order creating the RPF had been written by Ken Urquhart, but Louise wanted readers to know that it was really Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s idea to segregate Sea Org members for punishment. []

‘Oh gosh’: Judge views alleged rape filmed on phone of Scientology private eye

[Judge Sharon Gianelli and Yanti Mike Greene]

In January, we told you about a contempt of court hearing that was held at a Nassau County courthouse last summer that starred a private investigator and retired NYPD detective named Yanti Mike []