Scientology used an ice cream 'date' to run up $20,000 on senior's credit cards - 2018-07-24
The day after we reported last week on the ordeal of 75-year-old Efrem Logreira — who says the Church of Scientology ran up charges on his credit cards for courses he would never take, and which cost him thousands in interest payments — he heard from the church in a letter disputing his numbers.
Until our story appeared, he had heard nothing from the Los Angeles Org for months, despite sending numerous letters complaining about the way he was being treated. He only joined Scientology last year, at 74, and took a couple of introductory courses before running into problems with a third course. The church then opened up numerous credit cards in his name and put $73,000 in charges on them for various reasons, including 200 hours of auditing that he could never complete.
After being heard to complain about the long drives he was making to the Los Angeles Org from where he was staying at a friend's house in Palm Springs, Efrem was barred from entering Scientology's New Year's event, held in December at the Shrine Auditorium in LA. Since then, he's been sending letters demanding refunds from the church as the interest charges on his credit cards have impoverished him.