The Scientologist who wouldn't fly: The rise and fall of insurance mogul Richie Acunto - 2014-11-22

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F347.png The Scientologist who wouldn't fly: The rise and fall of insurance mogul Richie Acunto November 22, 2014, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

At 7:16 PM Eastern time on Sunday, an eBay auction will end and someone will become the new owner of the trophy you see pictured at the right.

With its custom-made carrying case, the trophy weighs 115 pounds, and the winner will have to spend $249.99 to have it shipped. Bidding for the item started on November 13 at $299.99, and as of this morning there have been two bids on it, taking the current price to $312.79.

Longtime Scientology watchers were stunned when they noticed last week that the trophy was for sale. They knew that normally you have to give the Church of Scientology's International Association of Scientologists (IAS) donations that total $10 million in order to earn a trophy just like it.


{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = The Scientologist who wouldn't fly: The rise and fall of insurance mogul Richie Acunto | url = https://tonyortega.org/2014/11/22/the-scientologist-who-wouldnt-fly-the-rise-and-fall-of-insurance-mogul-richie-acunto/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = November 22, 2014 | accessdate = August 21, 2017 }}