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The Church of Scientology ® of Boston

448 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02115 Phone: 266- 9500

July 26, 1984

David Gillis
BOSTON HERALD
300 Harrison Ave.
Boston, Mass.

Dear David,

          Enclosed is the press release and the documents which
were released. Of particular interest is the affidavit of
Ala Tamimi which is part way through the package. It gives
the best, most detailed description of the conspiracy. The
private investigator on the case, Gene Ingram, has
verified - or other investigators have verified - all of the
details of this affidavit which could be verified. He
can explain how this was done very easily and simply.

          He also has generally the best command of the information
and materials related to this investigation.*

          I'll look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

Sincerely,

[signed]

David Aden
Public Affairs

*In particular the details of the organized crime involvement
although as mentioned the names of the people involved are
not being released at this time (although this information
has been turned over to Federal authorities).

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L. Ron Hubbard Founder

President: Rev. Maureen Nagles * Vice President: David Aden * Secretary-Treasurer: Rev. Phyllis Nuccio

Copyright (c) 1984 by the Church of Scientology of Boston, Inc., a non-profit organization. All rights reserved. Scientology is an applied religious philosophy. SCIENTOLOGY TM and DIANETICS are trademarks of the Religious Technology Center. The Dianetics Center is a part of the Church of Scientology of Boston.

 

 

The Church of Scientology ® of Boston

448 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02115 Phone: 266- 9500

July 26, 1984

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 26, 1984

For More Information:

David Aden
266-9500 ext. 33

UNION WHARF ATTORNIES LINKED

TO BOSTON UNDERWORLD IN

PLOT TO LOOT HUBBARD ESTATE

          BOSTON - Two Boston attorneys with ties to organized crime

tried to loot the personal estate of New York Times list best selling

author L. Ron Hubbard and blame it on the Church of Scientology

according to documents released today by Church President Heber

Jentzsch and Los Angeles private investigator Gene Ingram.

          The conspiracy hinged on a counterfeit $2 million dollar

check that was drawn on Hubbard's account at the Bank of New England

and later used in the sensationalized Riverside, Calif., probate case

in an aborted attempt to seize control of the legendary writer's estate

Hubbard's business managers stopped payment on the check before it

was cashed.

          According to documented eyewitness accounts filed in a Los

Angeles Federal District Court, Boston attorneys Michael Flynn and

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L. Ron Hubbard Founder

President: Rev. Maureen Nagles * Vice President: David Aden * Secretary-Treasurer: Rev. Phyllis Nuccio

Copyright (c) 1984 by the Church of Scientology of Boston, Inc., a non-profit organization. All rights reserved. Scientology is an applied religious philosophy. SCIENTOLOGY TM and DIANETICS are trademarks of the Religious Technology Center. The Dianetics Center is a part of the Church of Scientology of Boston.

 

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July 26, 1984
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Wayne Hollingsworth conspired with Boston underworld figures to

counterfeit and pass the check two years ago. Flynn subsequently

used his own felony to initiate the sensationalized 1982 probate

case brought by Hubbard's estranged son Ronald E. DeWolf in

Riverside. Flynn argued that the attempted forgery was proof that the

best selling author's estate was in jeopardy and should be seized.

Flynn blamed the Scientologists "to divert attention from himself,"

the documents state.

          The attempt failed, however, when the court threw Flynn's

case out and ordered DeWolf, a 50 year old Nevada apartment house

manager, to pay all costs. Flynn was found in contempt of court during

te proceeding for violating court insturctions.

 

"COMMON CRIMINALS"

 

          To finance his attack, Flynn created Flynn Associates

Management Corporation (FAMCO) in Boston and tried to sell shares on

the promise that profit would be made by capturing Hubbard's estate

through a series of frivolous suits, by generating so much "adverse

publicity" against Scientology and Hubbard that the church would be

forced to settle for millions of dollars. The forgery and probate

scheme was but one part of Flynn's conspiracy now in the hands of

several federal agencies.

 

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July 26, 1984
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          Investigator Ingram along with a team of other private detectives

was hired to find the conspiracy.

          According to the declaration filed in federal court,

"portions of evidence, some recently uncovered" reveal the " evil

motivation" of FAMCO and its agents and the "common criminals

engaged in a vicious attack upon Freedom of Religion" with "every

conceivable type of misrepresentation and accusation."

          The plot was revealed in papers filed in a suit brought by

Steve Miller against Flynn's brother Kevin and FAMCO in Los Angeles

Central District Court for violating the civil rights of

Scientologist Steve Miller of Los Angeles. Michael Flynn is an

officer and director of FAMCO.

          After gaining access to the Bank of New England where Hubbard

had an account, Flynn illegally obtained sample checks and then

hired Ala Tamimi, a known forger residing in Boston, to counterfeit and

forge a $2 million dollar check on Hubbard's account at the Bank

of New England in Boston.

          The same Bank of New England is currently the center of another

$2 million forgery case where a contact inside the bank made

confidential information available to a disbarred Boston area

attorney who fraudulently purchased gems for the stolen cash from a

Chicago dealer.

 

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July 26, 1984
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FLYNN PROMISED $400,000

In a signed, fingerprinted and notarized declaration given in

Italy to Ingram and witnessed by his attorney, now in the possession

of federal prosecutors Ala Tamimi related how Flynn had promised him

$400,000 to pass the check and transfer|the $2 million from the

account of the legendary writer to an overseas account that Flynn

would later designate. Tamimi then used his brother Akil to try

and cash the forged check in New York.

          According to his own sworn statement, also in Federal hands,

Akil was very nervous during his visit to the bank, failed to produce

proper identification papers, and left the $2 million check at the

bank saying he would return with proper identification the following

day.

          Flynn's plot was thwarted when Akil panicked and failed to return.

Meanwhile, Hubbard's business managers in Los Angeles learned about the

check and quickly alerted the bank to stop payment. Ala Tamimi

fled the country while his brother Akil disappeared into Maine with the

help of one of Flynn's men, according to the filed affidavit.

          Flynn later used his aborted plan to file the California

probate petition with DeWolf in 1982. Flynn tried to put the blame for

his felony on Scientologists and claimed that the crime proved that

Hubbard's estate should be seized by the court in order to allegedly

 

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July 26, 1984
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protect it from Scientologists.

          According to Rev. Jentzsch the affidavits "are but one small

part of the evidence collected. We have eyewitnesses, documents and

photographs that leave not one shred of doubt."

          The declaration was filed in response to an attempt by Flynn's

brother Kevin to halt a court-approved inquiry into the financial

transactions of FAMCO and Blossoms, a Washington D.C. restaurant

owned by Kevin Flynn. Miller's attorney Donald Randolph stated

in his declaration that Kevin Flynn's motives in "seeking to prevent

discovery of his fraudulent and criminal activities" were

"transparent and understandable. He does not wish to have this information

discovered as it may well subject him to severe penalties."

          According to the filed declaration, Kevin Flynn had illegally

obtained a loan from the Small Business Administration "with

fraudulent misrepresentations and misleading information designed to

prevent the government agencies involved with obtaining the truth"

about the restaurant and his activities with Michael Flynn.

$100,000 REWARD

          The investigation of the criminal conspiracy to loot Hubbard's

estate was initiated earlier this year with a series of full page ads

placed by Ingram in a number of national newspapers including The

New York Times, The Boston Globe and the Wall Street Journal offering

 

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July 26, 1984
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a $100,000 reward for information about the forged check. Private

investigators operating in four countries finally uncovered

Flynn's conspiracy.

          Ala Tamimi's participation in the conspriacy was enlisted by

Boston lawyer Wayne Hollingsworth, who works with Flynn. According

to Tamimi's sworn declaration, he was at the office of his attorney,

Gary Pappas, at Union Wharf, where Flynn also resides, when he met

Hollingsworth.

          According to Tamimi, Hollingsworth said he had worked for the

FBI and had "many friends in the federal government" and "knew

all the FBI agents in Boston". Hollingsworth related how Tamimi's

other brother Amer had incurred a $40,000 gambling debt to underworld

figures in Boston several weeks before, and had not paid anything. Amer

was a student at Northeastern University at the time.

 

"THEY CAN BREAK LEGS"

 

          "The boys in town are very mad and they can break legs,"

Hollingsworth told Tamimi, according to the declaration.

          In return for his help, Tamimi was told, his brother's debt would

be cancelled, plus Tamimi stood to gain 20 percent of a "deal" which

Hollingsworth said would be worth $2 million or more.

          After a meeting at the Howard Johnson's restaurant on Boylston

Street where further arrangements were made, Tamimi met Flynn for

breakfast at the Colonnade Hotel. Two other men were present at the

 

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July 26, 1984
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meeting, according to the declaration, and Flynn took the

opportunity to threaten Tamimi. According to Tamimi's declaration, Flynn

warned that Tamimi's family would he in grave danger if Tamimi did not

follow through with his end of the bargain.

          According to Tamimi's sworn declaration, Flynn told him,"'Do

not f--k us because you have a brother and son in Boston'."

          In describing the course of the intensive six month inquiry,

Jentzsch said that church investigators had traced the path of the

conspiracy through more than a dozen cities, from Boston and New

York to Clearwater, Florida, the Cayman Islands and finally to Italy

and Dubai and Sharhah in the United Arab Emirates. "The documentation

is explicit and complete," he added. "We have corroborative witnesses

and documents including photographs that completely verify the

criminal conspiracy."

 

BREAKTHROUGH

 

          A breakthrough came when Ingram located Ala Tamimi and his

brother Akil overseas.

          Tamimi is currently imprisoned in Italy where he is awaiting

extradition to the United States. Tamimi had jumped a $500,000 bail

on a fraud charge and was the subject of a U.S. warrant. The

American consulate notified the FBI who requested Tamimi's extradition

to the United States. After five weeks of bureaucratic

entanglement, Tamimi's attorneys were able to obtain approval from the

Ministry of Justice for Ingram to visit Tamimi in the prison.

 

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July 26, 1984
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          Faced with the possibility of an additional federal indictement

and lengthy legal proceedings in Italy and the United States,

Tamimi agreed to detail his involvement with the hope that

cooperation would lessen the charges against him in the United

States.

The investigator agreed that in exchange for TAmimi's full

disclosure of the details of the crime, including the names of the

persons involved in the conspiracy, that they would request leniency

from the American authorities and provide financial assistance for

both the current and anticipated costs and attorneys frees that would

be incurred.

          Every detail in Tamimi's account was fully corroborated by

independent investigation in the United States.

          Rev. Jentzsch stated, "A portion of the results of the

international inquiry were made available to Randolph and his client

when Kevin Flynn had attacked the church in the case. The links to

organized crime have also been given to the federal prosecutors."

          "We have the proof that the entire probate case was not only

a fraud and a scam but based on a felony," Rev. Jentzsch stated.

"Flynn is a criminal who will stop at nothing to make a buck. He

is worse than immoral, he is amoral. He has defrauded not only the

courts but the media and even his own clients for his personal

greed."

"MAKE MY DAY"

          When asked if he expected Flynn to respond with a libel suit,

Rev. Jentzsch said, "Flynn cannot afford to answer these charges under

 

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July 26, 1984
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oath. His life cannot survive scrutiny. So give him this

message: Go ahead, make my day."

          Rev. Jentzsch stated that the church is continuing its

investigation into "other crimes" uncovered during the two

year probe.

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