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Scientology profits from some big business

Title: Scientology profits from some big business
Date: Tuesday, 26 June 2007
Publisher: CBN News
Main source: web.archive.org

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Scientology is pervasive in business and has received a big boost in publicity with celebrities at the helm of the PR machine.

In this week's Us Weekly, the new Helio phone is featured in the Buzz-o-meter section as a desirable gadget with this celebrity endorsement: "Katie Holmes and Laura Prepon use this phone…"

Holmes and Prepon are both Scientologists, and Helio is a Scientology-based company descended from another one, EarthLink.

Both Helio and EarthLink were founded by Sky Dayton, an avowed Scientologist whose history with the organization dates back to his high school education at the Scientology school in Oregon.

Boingo, a satellite system designed for Wi-Fi Internet and phone that was featured in Monday's New York Times, is also part of Dayton's empire.

Boingo Wireless is designed to make Wi-Fi easy internationally and put billions of dollars into Scientology coffers.

Dayton co-founded EarthLink with Reed Slatkin, who eventually went to jail as the creator of the largest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history.

Slatkin, a Scientology minister, pled guilty to bilking $600 million from 800 investors over a 15-year period and redirecting much of it to the Church of Scientology. He's serving a 14-year prison sentence at Taft Federal Prison in California.

Source: Fox News