Tuesday, July 24, 1984
Scientology Critic Accused of Trying to Pass Bad
By WILLIAM OVEREND, Times Staff Writer
Church of Scientology officials Monday accused a Boston lawyer who
a prominent critic of the organization of conspiring to pass a
check on the account of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and later
the forgery on members of the church as part of an "overall
destroy the group.
The charges were made against attorney Michael Flynn in documents
Los Angeles federal court in connection with a lawsuit filed by a
member, Steve Miller, accusing the lawyer's brother, Kevin Flynn, of
him three years ago and attempting to "deprogram" him.
Michael Flynn, who has filed 20 lawsuits against the Church of
angrily denied the charge and said it was a "typical"
to try to smear critics of the organization.
'Not an Ounce of Truth'
"There is not an ounce of truth in this story," Michael
"This is a conspiracy to frame me. It's absurd; it's a joke. I am
not a forger.
I'm going to file a criminal complaint against them for this. Somebody
The Rev. Heber C. Jentzsch, president of the Church of Scientology
said the accusation against Michael Flynn was made after a two-year
into the mysterious forgery attempt in response to renewed claims by
last week that the alleged crime had been carried out by "
who had access to Hubbard's personal financial records.
"We're clean. We've cleaned out that whole house in the last
said Jentzsch, referring to past legal problems involving the
FBI charges that the group had infiltrated government agencies and
documents pertaining to the church. "They keep making the
us, but we have the documents."
Donald C. Randolph, a Los Angeles attorney representing Miller in the
against Flynn's brother, said the investigation into the Boston lawyer's
by the Church of Scientology focused on the testimony of two men who
had conspired with Flynn to pass the counterfeit check.
Promised $400,000 to Pass Check
The two men were identified as Ala Fadili Al Tamimi, a former
resident of Boston
currently in jail in Italy awaiting extradition to the United States in
with another fraud case, and Tamimi's brother, Akil, now a resident of
in the United Arab Emirates.
Tamimi alleged in a declaration cited in the court records that he
Flynn in eraly 1982 and was promised $400,000 to pass the check. He used
Akil, to try to cash the counterfeit check in early 1982 at the Middle
in New York, the declaration said.
Suspecting that something was wrong, officials of the bank raised
about the check, and it was not cashed. In previous court cases against
of Scientology, there have been references to the check and suggestions
counterfeit attempt revealed a plot by Scientology officials to "
Hubbard's personal bank accounts.
Hubbard has not been seen in public since 1980. In June, 1983, a
Superior Court judge dismissed a suit by Hubbard's estranged son that
his father was either dead or incompetent. A declaration signed by
as evidence at that trial ssaid that Hubbard was in seclusion by his own
His estranged son, Ron DeWolf, had filed a probate petition.
'Orchestrated a Conspiracy'
In the documents filed Monday, Randolph said the DeWolf probate
based in part on Flynn's accusations that the attempt to pass the $2-
check had been made by church members.
"This type of accusation constitutes a classic example of the
accusing others of his own crime to divert attention from himself,"
said. "In essence, attorney Michael Flynn orchestrated a conspiracy
the law, then utilized the thwarted attempt as false evidence in
Flynn, reached by telephone in Boston, predicted that Randolph's
in a motion to dismiss his brother's previous claims of Church of
harassment, would be dismissed by U.S. District Judge Francis C. Whelan.
The deprogramming case involving Flynn's brother is in an early
no trial date yet set. The private investigator who brought the charges
Flynn is Eugene M. Ingram, a former Los Angeles Police Department
was fired in 1981 from the LAPD on departmental charges of helping run a
of prostitution and protecting drug dealers. Criminal charges were
following year, however, for lack of evidence.
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