$1 Billion Fraud Suit Filed by Former Members - 1987-01-01
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ More than 400 current and former Scientologists filed a $1 billion suit against the church Wednesday, alleging efforts to compromise or pay off two Florida judges and siphon $100 million to foreign bank accounts.
The class action filed by attorney Lawrence Levy contends church officials or their representatives committed fraud and breached fiduciary duties. It says information obtained during purportedly confidential "auditing" sessions with a lie detector-like device is used "for purposes of blackmail and extortion."
The suit seeks an injunction and $1 billion in punitive damages plus unspecified general damages.