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Scientology’s Narconon forced to close and staff facing criminal investigation

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December 30, 2013, WSB-TV2 in Georgia announced that “Narconon of Georgia announced it will close its doors and cease operating as part of an agreement to avoid criminal prosecution.”

“Georgia's Insurance Commissioner launched a criminal investigation and in April agents raided Narconon's Norcross headquarters, seizing computers and boxes of paperwork.”

It appears the corporate Narconon of Georgia cut a deal with the County District Attorney – agreeing to shut the center down in exchange for not being prosecuted for the numerous alleged crimes, relieving the entity of criminal liability.

In May 2013, police raided Narconon of Georgia with guns, yelling: "Police search warrant, police search warrant!" They came out with so many boxes of financial paperwork and medical records, they had to go rent a U-Haul van to drive it all back to their office.

Allegations of Narconon also billing their [customers] insurance company more than $166,000 for the same treatment. Some of the bills noted 'partial hospitalization', despite Narconon's outpatient license. “Two doctors whose license numbers were on the bills told investigative reporter Jodie Fleischer they never provided drug treatment or therapy, and never authorized Narconon to bill for those services.”

In a statement to media December 2013, plaintiff lawyer, Jeff Harris says, “he believes Narconon of Georgia funneled money to its parent company, Narconon International, and even to the Church of Scientology itself -- will follow the money trail to try to recoup his clients' payments of $30,000 to $50,000 each.”

Although Narconon of Georgia’s doors are now closed, many are not happy that the corporate entity escaping prosecution so easily. One victim, Mary Morton, who sent her daughter, Emily, to Narconon for treatment in 2012, stated: "I'm happy. I'm happy that it's no longer operating,"

However, Morton also states to WSB-TV2:

“Morton disagrees with a decision by Georgia's insurance commissioner and the Gwinnett County District Attorney to end the criminal investigation into the corporation, in exchange for Narconon shutting down.

"I think that's ridiculous. I think they should be prosecuted," said Morton, who like many families, was surprised to learn the program was affiliated with the Church of Scientology.”

"I think that Georgia failed everyone in the state that believed there should be justice. That's just my opinion," said Morton of the non-prosecution agreement.”

And many others feel the same as Mary Morton.

The ‘Ex Scientology Message Board’ (ESMB) was humming yesterday and today with comments about Narconon of Georgia being forced to close.

COMMENTER: “I am happy that they were completely shut down but I would like to see criminal proceedings continue against whoever committed the fraudulent credit card transactions.”

COMMENTER: “As long as "money, making shitloads of" is the designated religion of the US, Wee Davey [David Miscavige] will have "Ethics Protection" because "He's an up-stat!!!" Same for places like the UK and even Oz. Billionaires, no matter how corrupt, are a protected species. They are only sacrificed when NOTHING can be done to further protect them. i.e. - they run out of enough cash to keep everything quiet enough. So the cult will limp along until Davey [Miscavige] is unable to keep paying His protection money, THEN, He'll be toast.”

Scientology has upwards on one billion dollars in their ‘war chest’, as some have said, to fight lawsuits and criminal actions against them – and they do so as would the Mafia or any other rich entity. In many cases, Scientology loses the cases or settles, but not before untold episodes of harassment, intimidation, Dead Agenting, Fair Game, and especially unscrupulous acts by hired private investigators and covert operatives … as in Operation Snow White, Operation Freakout, and numerous others.

So, for some, Narconon of Georgia cutting a deal with the County District Attorney is not a surprise. Money, power, and fear of costly litigations have forced people, governments, and the District Attorney to cave in countless cases.

On November 12, 2013, REUTERS reported a similar scenario of the GULITY escaping prosecution:

“Judge criticizes lack of prosecution against Wall Street executives for fraud”

“The federal judge who oversaw the recent civil fraud trial against Bank of America Corp criticized the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday for failing to prosecute high-level executives over the financial crisis.

U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff of Manhattan said while companies have been prosecuted for causing the 2007-2009 financial melt-down, Wall Street executives have escaped justice.

"The failure of the government to bring to justice those responsible for such a massive fraud speaks greatly to weaknesses in our prosecutorial system that needs to be addressed," Rakoff said.”

David Love

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