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Vance Woodward’s lawsuit gets some more traction in the press; some Scientology Inc tax documents reveal the state of the “church”

mattress_moneyYesterday’s post over on RadarOnline gives more insight into Vance Woodward’s lawsuit against the “church” of Scientology Inc for its refusal to follow its own policies and refund/repay monies amounting to over $200,000.

The article also states he wants refunds for “ineffective” services, such as delivered TRs courses and auditing. Those refunds would bring the grand total to $600,000.

It’s a little unclear to me why Woodward was denied repayment, but it occurs to me that it’s evidence of the “church’s” latest twist on its money problems.

I’ve written before that the “church” changed its internal policies such that if you ask for a refund/repayment, that’s automatic evidence that you’re a Suppressive Person requiring the issuance of a declare order. And since the refund/repayment routing form requires a session, and the “church” isn’t allowed to give a Suppressive Person a session, the person requesting the repayment is ineligible for the repayment.

It’s a cynical and clever twist on the “church” procedures that guarantees that prepayments will never be refunded. It’s also not really per the LRH on refunds/repayments, which used to say that the person wouldn’t be declared until the monies were refunded.

To me, it’s prima facie evidence that the “church’s” finances are not only in the toilet, but are beyond recovery.

The blockbuster in the article is the inclusion of tax documents not from the Woodward suit that bust open the floodgates with information about the “church’s” cash-flow.

The documents, from the “church’s” Religious Education College in the UK, show the millions to be had from running a “church” as well as the millions of loss incurred by doing so.

This shows what people like me want from the IAS balance sheets and ledgers: the true story of where our money went and the truth about the “church” cash-flow.

In the wake of Sunday’s posting of the Scientology show from the TV show America’s Book of Secrets, these revelations are particularly damning.

They prove that Miscavige’s claimed 70x expansion(1) is nowhere near an actuality.

Finally, RadarOnline has a page which has a 17-click explanation of the siege on Scientology that really paints the “church’s” problems in a way that a neophyte can understand.

Possibly Helpful Advice of the Day

Never, never, never, never give the “church” a prepayment that you presume will be kept in an “account” so it can be refunded to you if needed.

It won’t.

If you want to put aside money for Scientology services, open up a separate account at a savings and loan and make regular payments to it via electronic transfer. Print out a statement from the account periodically and redact all identifying information, such as the bank’s identifying information and account numbers and all personal ID such as social security numbers, name, address, etc. Put the modified statement in your purse or wallet.

Use the redacted statement when cornered by a registrar to prove that you’re making Advanced Payments for your next service. You’re just making them into your own account. No LRH forbidding that, right?

That way, when the “church” folds like cheap origami, you won’t have to worry about how you’re going to get your money back.

And you’ll have made some interest on the money in the meantime.

— written by Plain Old Thetan

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Jane Doe  on March 31st, 2014

Good advice! Wish I’d done it decades ago. One other reason to never ever ever make an AP payment for future services: The vultures see the money you have on account burning a hole in their pocket, so you get hit up for many ways to spend it: buy the latest CD release, buy books, lectures, lend it to a Scientologist in need who promises to pay it back (!), have your kids ask you to take it off account for their Bridges and services, have registrars take it for TWTH campaigns, for Planetary Dissem campaigns, for the latest release. In other words, it is up for grabs if it’s on account.

Tony Ortega  on March 31st, 2014

COSRECI revenues have been available for years and years. Wasn’t sure if you knew that…


The documents that Radar talked about were reported on extensively by Bryan Seymour back in 2010.

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