Scientologists charged with Medi-Cal insurance fraud will stand trial on August 28 - 2018-06-20
Our man in Los Angeles, Jeffrey Augustine, did us a huge favor by attending a preliminary hearing yesterday at Los Angeles Superior Court. And that's why we can tell you that Hanan Islam and her fellow defendants, including three of her own children, are scheduled to go to trial on August 28 for defrauding the state's Medi-Cal insurance program with the use of a Scientology front operation.
You may not have seen a word about it in the Los Angeles Times, but this is a fairly astounding alleged crime that involved putting unwitting high school students into a Scientology rehab in order to rip off about $3 million from the state. When the scam was uncovered by state insurance investigators, it ended the careers of three prominent African-American educators in Compton, a working-class Los Angeles suburb.
Augustine tells us that Judge Michael Tynan seemed pretty fed up that the case has taken so long to come to trial, nearly three years since charges were brought against Islam, three of her children, and two other employees who allegedly took part in the scam. After granting a continuation to August 28, the judge made it plain that the trial would not be put off any longer. Both sides agreed that the criminal trial would probably last about four sessions on four consecutive afternoons.