Church of Scientology convicted of fraud - 2009-10-27

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F0.png Church of Scientology convicted of fraud October 27, 2009, Nicolas Vaux-Montagny, Associated Press, Globe and Mail

The court convicted the Church of Scientology's French office, its library and six of its leaders of organized fraud. Investigators said the group pressured members into paying large sums of money for questionable financial gain and used "commercial harassment" against recruits. The group was fined $600,000 and the library $200,000. Four of the leaders were given suspended sentences of between 10 months and two years. The other two were given fines.

The court did not order the Church of Scientology to shut down, ruling it would be likely to continue its activities anyway "outside any legal framework."

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{{cite news | first = Nicolas | last = Vaux-Montagny | title = Church of Scientology convicted of fraud | url = | work = Associated Press | publisher = Globe and Mail | date = October 27, 2009 | accessdate = February 6, 2019 }}