Scientology founder accused of diverting church money - 1984-07-11
NEW YORK -- The reclusive founder of Scientology diverted more than $100 million from the cult-like organization into his foreign bank accounts, former church officials said in interviews.
The former senior church officials, in interviews with the New York Times, said L. Ron Hubbard directed them to establish a series of shell corporations to channel much of the church's resources to his overseas accounts. Most of the money was on deposit in Luxembourg and Liechtenstein, they said.
Scientology has been the subject of investigations in the United States, Britain, France, Australia, South Africa, Spain and other countries. Scientology officials contend Hubbard cut his ties in the mid-1970's and receives only a token $35,000 annual consulting fee.