Luis and Rocio Garcia, Former Prominent OC Scientologists, Sue Scientology for Fraud Over Donations

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While New Yorker writer Lawrence Wright continues to do his victory tour for his magnificent book-length exposé on Scientology, Irvine residents Luis and Rocio Garcia are getting sue-y against their former church.

You might remember the couple from 2011, when the St. Petersburg Times revealed they had donated more than a million dollars over the years to the Church of Scientology, only to repudiate the current hierarchy under David Miscavige. Now, they're suing in federal court in Florida, alleging that Scientology leaders committed fraud with about $400,000 of their donations.

For all the details of the lawsuit (and the lawsuit itself), head over to the website of my eternal amigo and mentor (and OC boy!), Tony Ortega, who broke the story and writes the lawsuit "appears to be the most serious legal challenge to Scientology in several years." The only thoughts I can offer is that this only proves anew that the big show that Scientology put on when it opened its Ideal Org in downtown SanTana last year was as realistic as Tom Cruise looming over his leading ladies. More--much more--as the lawsuit winds its way through the legal swamp...

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One of the reasons that I follow Tony Ortega and Marty Rathbun:  their accounts of what Scientology allegedly does to harm their ex-members who speak out are amazingly similar to what 's been done to me by Orange County law enforcement leadership. The harassment by criminal thugs / the deliberate reputation destruction / career destruction etc etc. I've often wondered if there were any connections between Scientology and local law enforcement. 

It gets creepier. So one day while documenting the day's police harassment events, I'm looking at Google maps. I was living in my former Garden Grove home (aka Hell House) on the corner of Euclid and College when I noticed on the maps that on the next corner Euclid and Lampson there was a tutoring office. Well I've always known this since their very generic looking sign is pretty prominent outside. On Google maps at the time it said "Applied Scholastics" or some similar phrase that made me immediately recognize the place as an L Ron Hubbard based business per the information I've learned from Tony and Marty.  

Anyway, wondering if anyone knows whether the tutoring business on Euclid and Lampson is Hubbard based and whether there is any connection between Scientology and OC/LA law enforcement. 


@BobLoblawsLawBlog You're putting the cart before the horse - all religions ARE scams, but that's no defense of Scientology ...

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