Cults are now taking aim at elderly victims - 1987-08-22

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F15.png Cults are now taking aim at elderly victims August 22, 1987, Diane Salvatore, St. Petersburg Times

"The best way is to make cults obey the existing law, or to catch them breaking it," says Peter Georgiades, chairman of the American Bar Association's Subcommittee on Cult-Related Litigation. Many cults give law-enforcement agencies plenty of material to work with. Groups have been prosecuted in the past for myriad offenses: tax evasion; breaking zoning laws; mail fraud; keeping children out of school; stockpiling weapons (purportedly in preparation for Armageddon); drug trafficking; kidnapping; rape; child abuse; medical neglect; prostitution; extortion, and immigration abuses. In one case the crime was murder.

Some cult members have chosen to seek retribution through civil suits. Earlier this year, more than 500 people filed a $1-billion class-action suit against the Church of Scientology, the group founde by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, charging that confessions they made in private were being used to coerce them and extort money from them.


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