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Dec 31, 1997 $12.5 Million Deal With I.R.S. Lifted Cloud Over Scientologists — New York Times More:
link Dec 31, 1997 Scientologists' Deal With IRS: $12.5 Million — Seattle Times
Dec 30, 1997 Scientologists and IRS settled for $12.5 million — Wall Street Journal More:
link Dec 13, 1997 Massive corporate fraud by the Church of Scientology in the UK
This document will prove the the Church of Scientology in the UK, operating under the company "Church of Scientology Religious Education Colleges Incorporated" (C.O.S.R.E.C.I.), received money to the value of nearly $100,000,000 from another Scientology organisation and that this money then disappeared without trace. This information has been passed on the the police and the UK taxation authorities (called the Inland Revenue over here in the UK) who are taking an interest in the matter since it is both corporate fraud ...
Dec 12, 1997 Ex-Scientologist wins $6 million after 17-year fight — Daily Journal (Los Angeles, California) More: link
Daily Journal (Los Angeles, California)
Type: Tort, intentional infliction of emotion distress,
Bench decision: Amendment of judgment - $6,025,857
($4,649,328 renewed judgment plus $1,376,529 accrued
Case/Number: Larry Wollersheim v. Church of Scientology of
California / C332027.
Court/Date: L.A. Superior Central / Oct. 29, 1997.
Judge: John P. Shook.
Attorneys: Plaintiff - Craig J. Stein (Gartenberg, Jaffe,
Gelfand & Stein, LLP, L.A.); Daniel A. Leipold, Cathy Shipe,
Robert F. Donohue (Hagenbaugh & Murphy, Orange); Lita
Schlosser (Encino); Ford Greene (Hub Law Offices, San
Dec 1, 1997 Distrust in Clearwater -- A special report.; Death of a Scientologist Heightens Suspicions in a Florida Town — New York Times More: link
New York Times
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Late on a November afternoon two years ago, a 36-year-old Scientologist named Lisa McPherson was involved in a minor traffic accident. She was not injured, but she inexplicably stripped off her clothes and began to walk naked down the street. A paramedic rushed her into an ambulance and asked why she had taken off her clothes. Ms. McPherson replied: "I wanted help. I wanted help." She was taken to a nearby hospital for a psychiatric examination, but several ...
Oct 31, 1997 In her final years, Scientologist spent $175,000 — St. Petersburg Times (Florida) More: lisamcpherson.org, pqasb.pqarchiver.com
Thomas C. Tobin
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Lisa McPherson turned to the Church of Scientology in her 20s as she tried to shed the emotional baggage of a rocky youth. By age 36, with a high school education, she was earning a handsome salary as a sales representative in Clearwater. Today, as the church tries to rebut assertions that it caused her sudden death, it also credits Scientology for her successes in life. But McPherson's turnaround came at a financial price. From 1991 until she died in December ...
Oct 23, 1997 The great tax debate — Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
EVANSTON, Ill. — This week the president finally got together with Congress on a plan to reshape the Internal Revenue Service. Washington's aim is to treat the symptoms of antitax fever. Out here in the rest of the country, though, the Republican leadership is trying to find a way to go after the underlying disease. They're hosting a series of debates to give the public a chance to consider fundamental tax change that would go far beyond the destructive tweaking of ...
Sep 1, 1997 Scientology: The science fiction religion — Victorian Inter-Campus Edition (Australia)
Jul 1, 1997 Australian taxman unmoved by blondes — Reuters (Australia)
CANBERRA, July 1 (Reuter) — Australian bosses might prefer blondes, but the tax office won't give their secretaries a rebate for changing their hair colour. As Australia entered its annual fiscal silly season on Tuesday, when millions of workers fiddle their figures to try to claw back tax payments, the association of tax accountants published a list of enthusiastic claims destined for failure. Among them were a car repairer's claim for the cost of his "guard dog" — a miniature poodle ...
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