GARCIAS RESPOND TO SCIENTOLOGY: YOU'RE A BIG RIPOFF - 2013-04-22
Marty Rathbun in his RTC days On Monday evening, Luis and Rocio Garcia filed more than a dozen documents with the court in their federal fraud lawsuit against the Church of Scientology. There's a lot of really interesting stuff in them, including declarations by Luis Garcia and others, as well as current price lists and bills from Scientology's private cruise ship, the Freewinds.
The Garcias are responding to the church's previous request that federal judge James Whittemore dismiss the lawsuit and compel the Garcias to participate in Scientology's internal arbitration procedures. This has been a successful strategy for the church in the past when ex-members have sued for the return of money they put on account for services they never received.
Now, the Garcias are making the case that Scientology's arbitration scheme is inherently unfair, and its refund policies are fraudulent. And they're doing it through a series of declarations by longtime former church members and officials, including the man who was once the second-highest-ranking executive in the organization, Mark "Marty" Rathbun.