Lawsuit Alleges Church of Scientology in Utah Involved in Ponzi Scheme - 2013-05-06

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F347.png Lawsuit Alleges Church of Scientology in Utah Involved in Ponzi Scheme May 6, 2013, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

In Salt Lake City, a retired schoolteacher and her son are suing a group of people they accuse of running a Ponzi scheme involving — and designed to benefit — the Church of Scientology in Utah.

Carol Bee and Brian Bagley are suing a group of investors in a state court action, but also have filed a complaint in the bankruptcy of Barry and Kimberly Hunter, two Scientologists who became insolvent when the financial services company they were trying to get off the ground, Portfolio Manager International, failed in 2011.

The Hunters have responded in detailed court filings denying that PMI was a Ponzi scheme, and they say that Bee and Bagley were harmed not by PMI but by a man named Christopher Hales, who is currently serving 7.5 years in federal prison for bank fraud. The Hunters say that they actually tried to help Bee and Bagley once they realized Hales was acting strangely about the investments that Bee and Bagley had given him.

Wikipedia cite:
{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = Lawsuit Alleges Church of Scientology in Utah Involved in Ponzi Scheme | url = https://tonyortega.org/2013/05/06/lawsuit-alleges-church-of-scientology-in-utah-involved-in-ponzi-scheme/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = May 6, 2013 | accessdate = August 21, 2017 }}