claim adversary had $2 million check forged
July 25, 1984
By RONNIE D. SMITH
Press-Enterprise Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES — Church of Scientology
yesterday accused a top church adversary [Boston attorney Michael
Flynn] of conspiring with organized crime figures to steal $2
Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard two years ago.
The allegations against Flynn were outlined
at a Los Angeles press conference attended by Scientology president
church attorney John Peterson, church spokesman Vaughan Young and a
Eugene Ingram. The officials
showing that Flynn conspired to counterfeit and forge a Hubbard check
given to the U.S. Attorney's office in Boston.
a Los Angeles private detective hired by the church, said two
Ala and Akil
Tamimi -- and a third person who he said was a member of organized crime
have identified Flynn as being involved in the scam.
Ingram is a former Los Angeles Police
who was fired in 1981
Akil's brother Ala
Tamimi contended in court papers filed Monday in district court in
in a separate case that he had the Hubbard check forged after Flynn gave
checks and offered him $400,000 -- Tamimi's share of the $2 million.
Tamimi, who Ingram says is a forger, is in jail in Naples, Italy,
extradition to the United States in a separate fraud case. Ingram said
[ ] will be paid $25,000 for his information by the church
"This is outrageous," said Flynn.
are manufacturing evidence to smear me because I exposed them. The
are a joke. I plan to file a criminal complaint against Ingram, Peterson
others. This is a criminal conspiracy to frame me of a crime.. I am
going to try
to get them indicted."
Church attorney Peterson countered: "He
this is frame-up by the Church of Scientology. Mr. Flynn cannot
on this because we have the facts . . . and they show clearly without a
that Mr. Flynn . . . and others conspired to counterfeit a check, they
a check and they tried to steal $2 million from Mr. Hubbard."
Other than the statements by the two
the private detective, refused to provide detailed evidence that he
Flynn's involvement in the check scheme and with organized crime. He
to identify others involved.