As Scientologists face another day in L.A. court, we have a bizarre twist to the case - 2019-10-07
Today, testimony is scheduled to resume in the preliminary hearing of a Medi-Cal insurance fraud prosecution at the Los Angeles Superior Court that we've been following for several days, the latest development in a wild scam involving Scientology, its drug rehab network Narconon, the Nation of Islam, and recently, even "sovereign citizen" conspiracy theories.
It's a crazy case we've been following for nearly four years, when we broke the news that Hanan Islam, 60, and three of her children, including Ronnie "Rizza" Islam, 29, and others were arrested and charged, including three corrupt high school educators, who lost their jobs.
Last week, the prosecution entered testimony that the Islams had worked out a deal with the high school officials (two principals and a football coach) to supply unwitting high school students that they knew from their records were eligible for Medi-Cal coverage. The students were sent to the Scientology Narconon rehab, American Health and Education Clinics, that Hanan Islam had founded with her then partner, Alfreddie Johnson, at his facility, the World Literacy Crusade, a notorious Scientology front organization in Compton. At the clinic, the students were shown films by instructors like Rizza Islam, but the clinic's "ghost writers" then created bogus folders for each of the students, inventing narratives about drug treatments so Medi-Cal could be billed for nonexistent procedures.