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Man says he spent $15,000, received Scientology instead of treatment at rehab center
By Danielle Salisbury, MLive.com, November 10, 2015
A West Virginia man alleges his credit score has dropped 200 points because he cannot pay bills for treatment he says he never received at Narconon Freedom Center, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in Albion.
Joshua Currey paid $15,000 for 12 days at the facility, which he said ignored his life story or personal problems with addiction and instead purported to treat him with its standardized program of Scientology indoctrination and rituals, according to a pending lawsuit filed in June in Calhoun County District Court.
The center made false representations that it had a 70 percent success rate, was non religious and the cost would be fully reimbursed by Currey's insurance, the lawsuit alleges.
Narconon Freedom Center admits in 2011, its website contained a statement about its success rate. It denies the other allegations, according to a court document filed by a center attorney.
Currey, who found Narconon online, entered the center Oct. 5, 2011 and contends it never pre-authorized his visit with his health insurance company. While he was in "extreme pain" passing kidney stones, a counselor approached him and requested he sign credit card authorization forms for the center's upfront fees.
He was told he would be forced to leave if he did not sign the forms, according to the lawsuit. The center says this is not true.
It admits that it processed payments on cards it obtained for him, but denies most of his claims.
"Plaintiff was in so much pain he could hardly walk, let alone drive back to his home state," the lawsuit alleges. So, he relented and signed the forms.
Currey left the center on Oct. 17, 2011 "after realizing the program lacked legitimate treatment for substance abuse," the complaint states and discusses various center methods, including a sauna and vitamin regimen, and study of eight course books based on the works of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology.
The center admits it uses some of Hubbard's writings and has a sauna program. It acknowledges Currey left after a short period of time but denies it failed to provide him with legitimate treatment.
About a year after his departure, he received word that the insurance company did not cover the cost because it was never pre-authorized. He was unable to make the credit card payments and his credit score has dropped, according to the lawsuit.
The suit also names California-based Narconon International, which licenses the center; the Association for Better Living and Education, which the lawsuit says is the Los Angeles body overseeing drug rehabilitation, education and criminal justice activities for the Church of Scientology; and Narconon Eastern United States, headquartered in Florida.
It is one of many lawsuits pending or resolved in the United States against Narconon.
"What we want, collectively as clients across the country, we don't want anyone else to walk into a Narconon facility thinking it is a secular, medically supervised drug rehab. That is our goal," said Jonathan Little, an Indianapolis attorney who has worked on cases involving Narconon.
The fight is not indicative of any issue with Scientology as a religion, he said. "If you were doing Muslim, Hindu or Catholic drug rehab, that's fine, as long as you know it going in."
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Woman alleges medical issues stem from Scientology program at drug rehab center
Under oath, Narconon official lets slip that drug rehab organized just like Scientology
By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, November 11, 2015
In August, we told you about Jonathan Little (pictured), an Indiana attorney who is handling several lawsuits against Scientology’s drug rehab network, Narconon.
He turned heads with his outspokenness. Referring to Scientology’s delaying legal strategy, he said, “If Narconon and Scientology want to have a decade-long war, I have nothing else to do and I’m not going away.”
We called him yesterday to get his thoughts on our story about how David Miscavige is making major changes to the Narconon system. He told us he thought our story was “spot-on,” and he updated us on his own lawsuits against Narconon centers.
Little is handling the case of Candice Tyler, who is suing Narconon Freedom Center in Albion, Michigan. “She got sick during the Narconon sauna and niacin treatment and went to a hospital. They found that she was allergic to niacin and told her not to take any more of it. But when she was taken back to Narconon, they gave it to her anyway,” he told us for a previous story on the lawsuit.
Now, we have something interesting for those of you watching Narconon closely: Three depositions from the Candice Tyler lawsuit, including a very interesting one from Valerie Kealoha, who described herself as the facility’s Finance Director, as well as the person who handles “external legal affairs.” We found a couple of exchanges in her testimony particularly interesting. There was this, for example:
Q: Now, what is the refund policy at Narconon Freedom Center?
A: There is no refund.
Q: Under any circumstances?
A: Under any circumstances.
Q: Has it always been Narconon Freedom Center’s policy to not give refunds under any circumstances as long as you’ve been there?
A: No, it hasn’t always been.
Q: When did that change?
Q: OK. So currently you do give refunds?
A: No, currently we do not.
Q: OK. In 2013, did you give refunds?
A: Yes, we did.
Well, that’s good to know. But an even more intriguing exchange occurred a little later:
Yes, in other words, Narconon — a drug rehab — is organized the same way the Church of Scientology itself is. As Scientology’s own website explains quite clearly, Department 20 of Division 7 in the church’s elaborate hierarchy is, indeed, the Office of Special Affairs, Scientology’s spy wing, and the group that handles external “legal affairs.”
And we’ve seen in the past that Narconon officials will report directly to OSA whenever legal or other dicey matters come up. It was documented in the 2008 death of patient Patrick Desmond, for example, that the Atlanta Narconon’s executive director, Mary Rieser, was immediately reporting that incident to Scientology’s OSA.
We also have two other depositions: Beth Scott, NFC’s Director of Income, and Todd Meszaros, an NFC intake specialist. Sift through them and let us know in the commments section if you find any other nuggets.
Little tells us that although Narconon is changing, there are still many people calling him, hoping that someone will represent them in lawsuits against the rehab facilities.
“I’m getting 50 inquiries every month to our website,” Little says, referring to the slick site narcononlawsuits.com, which he hosts. Little says he just doesn’t have the resources to look into every inquiry, and he knows that there are many more potential lawsuits than he can handle.
He suggested that attorneys around the country who might want to help victims of Narconon find justice should contact him, and he can send potential clients their way.
Continued here with the depositions of Valerie Kealoha, Todd Meszaros, and Beth Scott:
After reading all three depositions, I know I could never be a lawyer.
NarCONon and all other scientology front groups reported to the Guardian Office Social Coordination Bureau when it existed and now report to continental OSAs or OSA Int.
I had a conversation with a client at narconon recently, he happen to mention the facility was being operated by individuals from ABLE and was not sure what ABLE was.
Asssociation for Better Living and Education is a holding company for various scientology front groups including NarCONon. ABLE is directly run by OSA Int.
Volunteers Wanted – Narconon Warner Springs | Sec Check
Narconon Warner Springs is looking for volunteers to help paint and bring the facility up to the Ideal standard that all Narconons are trying to achieve. Warner Springs is located in the San Diego area, and the facility is also known as Fresh Start and Sunshine Summit Lodge. Scientologists can use this opportunity to work on a Liability Amends Project, or for eligibility to start an OT (Operating Thetan) level.
Liability is one of the Lower Conditions established by L. Ron Hubbard, which serve as punishment for Scientologists who violate policy or otherwise upset their superiors. It is the highest of the lower conditions, and a member has to work up the chain of conditions before finishing their punishment. Somebody assigned to Doubt would apply the Doubt formula, then move up to Liability. Part of the Liability formula is “Make up the damage by contributing far beyond the ordinary demands of a group member.” After completion, the Liability Amends Project is voted on, and a majority of the group needs to approve the work done to complete the punishment.
They have already started painting.
Does anyone know where the add was posted?
For a class-action lawsuit against Scientology’s rehab network, a setback in California
By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, January 25, 2016
In April, we told you that a new class-action lawsuit had been filed with two initial plaintiffs against Scientology’s drug rehab “Narconon” networks in California. Then, in August, we brought you a startling update — Judge Edward Chen in San Francisco had called for a trial to settle a disagreement in the lawsuit before it could go any further.
Now we have the results of that trial, which happened much sooner than we were expecting, and it resulted in a setback for the lawsuit but not one that will prevent it from going forward, say the plaintiff’s attorneys.
Attorney for Scientology’s drug rehab centers threatens lawyer running anti-Narconon website
By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, March 25, 2016
Another day, another threat letter.
On Wednesday, we shared with you the latest threat letter Karen de la Carriere received from Scientology attorney Bert Deixler. Today, we have a salvo from Los Angeles attorney William H. Forman, who represents some Narconon entities, complaining about a website operated by Jonathan Little.
We’ve told you about Little in the past. He’s an attorney in Indianapolis handling several lawsuits against Narconon facilities. He’s just one of several attorneys around the country handling cases involving Scientology’s troubled drug rehab network, with no sign of its troubles subsiding soon.
We’ve been watching Narconon turn into a disaster for Scientology for the last five years, ever since we took the advice of Carnegie Mellon professor Dave Touretzky and started looking into the 2008 death of Patrick Desmond at the illegal and unlicensed housing unit of a Narconon facility in the Atlanta area. What a wild journey it’s been since then as we’ve watched lawsuits pop up all over the place after more deaths at Narconon facilities and other mishaps. And thanks to attorneys like Jeff Harris, Ryan Hamilton, and Jonathan Little and the activist David Edgar Love, we’ve learned a lot about Narconon’s deceptive business practices. Like, for example, that it was always only a front for Scientology, controlled by Scientology, and, most importantly, its purpose was to feed money to Scientology.
We can’t emphasize it enough to families looking for a place to put their loved one for addiction counseling: Narconon tells prospective clients that it delivers individualized drug counseling in a safe environment staffed by medical professionals. Instead, it’s only after patients arrive (and their parents have forked over tens of thousands of dollars) that the truth emerges — there is no drug counseling at Narconon, only Scientology training, and instead of medical professionals, the staff is made up of recent ‘graduates’ who are struggling to stay clean themselves.
That’s a pretty stark difference, and one that numerous attorneys have realized make the Narconon system vulnerable. Jonathan Little operates a website that helps him find new clients who have horror stories after their own experiences with the Narconon bait and switch. And in January, he received a threat letter from Forman, which Little has forwarded on to us.
“That’s how people find us,” Little tells us about the website. “They hate it because it’s in the top ten search results on Google. I’m getting more than one inquiry a day. I can’t keep up with them,” he says.
Keeping that in mind, here’s the letter Forman sent in January:
It seems the Internet isn't treating this version of Hubbard's scam very well either.
Class action lawsuit against Scientology’s drug rehabs refiled with new plaintiffs
By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, April 13, 2016
Jonathan Little’s firm joined with two others to file a class-action lawsuit in California a little more than a year ago. But as we reported recently, the suit had the wind knocked out of it when the judge agreed with Narconon that language in the contracts the plaintiffs had signed obliged them to take their disputes to arbitration. Little told us that he’d refile with new plaintiffs who hadn’t signed such contracts.
On March 28, Little’s firm and two others filed the new lawsuit in federal court in Northern California, with two new plaintiffs.
Jamie Kerzner sent her son to the Narconon in Warner Springs in San Diego County in early 2014, Connie L. Rana sent her daughter to Rainbow Canyon Retreat in Caliente, Nevada in early 2013.
In both cases, the lawsuit states merely that these parents had paid $33,000 in up front money only to discover, after their children arrived at the rehab centers, that they were in fact delivering Scientology training and not drug counseling. Both parents pulled their children out.
Unlike other lawsuits against Narconon, there are no allegations about poor treatment or injuries or other medical issues. The lawsuit is laser-focused on the basic bait-and-switch of Narconon, and it explains in length how individual Narconon centers are controlled by the church itself.
If this lawsuit can withstand early challenges by Narconon, its goal would be to add many more plaintiffs, which Little is looking for with a website that has made Narconon’s attorneys so unhappy.
Here’s the new complaint. We’ve put in a call to David Miller, Little’s colleague whose name is on the document.
when i was a teenager i was forced to go to this program, they state that the program takes 3-4 months to complete. I was there for 8 months because I went against there beliefs, as one such incident I was chewing bubble gum in what they call there class room and was forced out of there classroom and forced to mowe the side of a mountain, more than once was I was punished, wether that meant working in the kitchen cleaning dishes, to yard work, all for not going with there what they call rehabilitation, now besides yelling at ashtrays, staring into people's eyes for minutes on in to even what they call bullbaiting to get someone to flinch, I couldn't believe that after my parents played 30k to there so called program, I wasn't allowed to keep there books, I wanted to take them home to prove to my family that what they were really doing was practicing scientology on patients or so called patients as they called them, because who is going to believe a addict at that point before they enter there program and then once in, all I could do at that point was do what they wanted so I could get the hell out of there, this was years ago as I don't want to say how long due to possible backlash and to protect my well being, but the truth is there from everything I read to all accounts of what has happen to other individuals who has gone through there program, later after completion I was asked through mail to rewrite my success storey I was asked to come back to be a counciler which has been and was and still is to this day against my beliefs, several times afterwards I asked them to stop trying to communicate to me and they didn't, they even were asking for donations from me and again as no response was given that they would respect my dedication to stop communicating to, I donated them a 100 bucks to get them to stop, they did, with all these lawsuits floating around that do have a true boss's, from my account and reclection from previous person's accounts I want my 100 bucks back, because of fraudalant information given by them to me and future individuals in fact I would like my 30k back for peace of mind, there institution being run by former addicts I believe is a recruitment tool from the manipulation of one's beliefs, based off of false pretense's, it should be run by licenced caseworkers not a independent study, that's my stand point and point of view and I'm glad that now people are doing something about it.
^ you need to contact Jonathan Little.
But if you are not willing to go through a lawsuit because you want to protect your identity (understood), there is probably nothing you can do to be able to recover your money. And as you can see with this lawsuit, even a lawsuit doesn't get your money back sometimes.
At the very least you can speak out anonymously , write your congressmen about your experience, make a video, or do something.
It just may save someone else from going into their dangerous (and sadly sometimes fatal) quack science programs .
It is unreal that there have been so many deaths in one of their places and nothing was ever done about it.
Like I have always said, places have been shut down for a lot less. Like restaurants storing unsafe chicken, or theme parks where people have been injured.
But people dying in a center that teaches and unproven method, and making there "patients" ingest mega amounts of niacin and oil and sit in a sauna for weeks on end (very dangerous with someone with an already compromised liver), by non medical staff, (many being former addicts just weeks prior ), with no REAL doctors or nurses present is OKIE DOKIE?
Not to mention that they teach Scientology and offer no drug or alcohol rehab what so ever.
Boggles my mind why they are still open.
TODAY IS DEC. 3RD 2016, WHY ARE THEY STILL OPEN?
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