Blog: Scientology Financial Crime through the Years: an introduction to a new series - 2018-03-25
I was first drawn to the Scientology critic movement as a result of my background in anti-money laundering, countering the financing of terrorism and the forensic analysis of financial crime. Having come across several Interpol reports that mentioned L. Ron Hubbard's money movements from his days on the Apollo, my interest was piqued as to the why and how of his intentions. The further I delved into the financial affairs of Scientology, the more I became convinced I was potentially dealing with a Transnational Criminal Organization (TCO) of significant proportions. While I've enjoyed investigating a variety of topics within Scientology, over the next few weeks I'll be returning to this premise.
I'll be looking at the historical perspective of money in the church in roughly three eras: the first era will address Hubbard's financial behavior up until the time of his final days; the second, David Miscavige's assumption of power and the 1982 Mission Holder's shakedown, and third, money in the church under Miscavige following the Mission Holder shakedown up to the present day. Over the last several months, I've had the pleasure of speaking with several key figures in Scientology history who are intimately familiar with money management over the three eras I've mentioned. Further to these firsthand experiences, in recent weeks we've undertaken several investigations into some of the foundational writings of Scientology, as well as the link between conspiracy theory, Scientology and cults in general.
This doctrinal and psychological perspective has further shaped my understanding of the ideology, indeed the criminal mindset that underpins much of Scientology's financial dealings. Hubbard's writings contain his motivations for believing Scientology to be mankind's last hope and central to his thesis is that the ends will always justify the means. Paradoxically, while often stating that he, and therefore Scientology was the most ethical belief system on the planet, his motivations have always been criminal in many ways, especially when it comes to his views on authority, governments and the acquisition, movement and retention of money. Using Hubbard's own words, framed within the terms of a criminal investigation, we can then easily begin to establish the means, motive, and opportunity of how the Scientology TCO has operated over these 60 plus years.