Former Church Official Testifies in Civil Suit - 1985-03-20
PORTLAND, ORE. PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ The former executive director and board chairman of the Church of Scientology has testified that the church's organizations were "totally indoctrinated to get every last dime" out of prospective members.
William W. Franks, who once was designated to succeed Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard as head of the church, was the second witness in the retrial of a civil lawsuit brought by former Scientology member Julie Christopherson Titchbourne.
Ms. Titchbourne, who lives in Portland, is seeking punitive damages from the church on grounds she was defrauded by the church during her nine-month involvement with the religion in 1975 and 1976. Defendants in the case are Hubbard, the Church of Scientology of California and the Church of Scientology Mission of Davis.