$1 Billion Fraud Suit Filed by Former Scientologists - 1987-01-01

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F372.png $1 Billion Fraud Suit Filed by Former Scientologists January 1, 1987, Richard Benke, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The Church of Scientology diverted $100 million to foreign bank accounts and tried to disgrace or bribe two Florida judges, say hundreds of past or present members in a $1 billion fraud suit.

The class-action suit filed Wednesday in Superior Court also alleges the church used information obtained from members during purportedly confidential counseling sessions "for purposes of blackmail and extortion."

Numerous suits have been brought in recent years by Scientologists claiming they were harassed, blackmailed or physically abused by the organization, whose late leader L. Ron Hubbard wrote the bestseller "Dianetics."

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{{cite news | author = Richard Benke | title = $1 Billion Fraud Suit Filed by Former Scientologists | url = http://www.apnewsarchive.com/1987/%241-Billion-Fraud-Suit-Filed-by-Former-Scientologists/id-2fa3b39870fd5586f848d5f8a179769a | work = Associated Press | date = January 1, 1987 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}