LIVE REPORTS FROM TAMPA: Scientology tests its religious freedom defense in fraud lawsuit - 2014-09-04
We have several correspondents on the scene today as the next dramatic showdown occurs in Luis and Rocio Garcia's fraud lawsuit against the Church of Scientology.
The Garcias first filed their lawsuit in January 2013, alleging that over their long time in the church, they had been victimized by fraudulent schemes to convince them to donate large sums of money. (In one memorable example, they claimed that they were asked to donate tens of thousands of dollars to pay for a Scientology cross to go on the top of the Super Power Building in Clearwater, only to find out later that other church members had been asked to pay for the same cross.)
WHILE WE WAIT for word from Tampa later today, we have some other documents for you to look at in another lawsuit that has become a huge headache for the Church of Scientology. Filed by the National Association of Forensic Counselors, it's taking aim at 82 defendants who, the NAFC claims, misused its logo and drug counseling certificates in a years long conspiracy to make Scientology's drug rehab network, Narconon, appear more legitimate than it is.