Kim Poff, finally free to speak: 'I want this story out. I want people to know what Narconon did.' - 2018-04-26
We talked to Kimberly Poff yesterday, the former inspector general who recently won a $200,000 settlement which ended several years of litigation with the state of Oklahoma. We've been following Kim's story since she was fired for acting as a whistleblower when she revealed that Oklahoma's officials were afraid to take on the Church of Scientology. She had recommended that its flagship drug rehab facility, Narconon Arrowhead, be shut down following three patient deaths in a nine-month period that culminated with the overdose death of 20-year-old Stacy Murphy in July 2012.
Kim filed a lawsuit against the state's mental health authority for firing her. In the meantime, she got another job with the state's Department of Human Services. But DHS also fired her after a news story came out about her whistleblowing, and so she filed a second lawsuit against DHS for that firing.
"The mental health lawsuit lasted for over a year, but we lost," she points out. The settlement she just received was in relation to the second lawsuit, against DHS, which really had nothing directly to do with her Narconon investigation. "They fired me after finding out about my lawsuit against the other, sister agency."