Scientologists will face trial after judge cites 'sophisticated fraud' scheme - 2019-10-08
Once again, Jeffrey Augustine was on hand as the preliminary hearing continued yesterday in the case of Scientologist Hanan Islam and three of her children, accused of a scheme using a Scientology Narconon drug rehab clinic, corrupt local educators, and unwitting high school students to defraud the state's Medi-Cal program of nearly $4 million between 2010 and 2013.
This was the third day of testimony in the preliminary hearing, which has the state presenting an outline of its evidence, and the judge, in this case Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor, determining whether there's enough evidence to justify a trial.
In yesterday's session, the state finished up its testimony, the defense attorneys argued that the case should be dismissed, but Judge Pastor found otherwise, and bound over all five defendants for trial. He set a date of October 22 for an arraignment, and then trial is supposed to begin within 60 days after that.