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Church Guilty of Fraud, Not Just For Its Dogma

In Irony, religion on October 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm

In France, the Church of Scientology was convicted of fraud against its members, and not for the obvious reason. A judge ordered the church must pay a $1 million fine. The money, of course, will come from the tithes of the same followers the church defrauded. The faithful will be happy to pay it. Idiots.

Via Voice of America

The French chapter of the Church of Scientology has been convicted of fraud and fined nearly $1 million. Its top members have also been handed suspended prison sentences. The verdict by a French court stops short of dissolving the church, as the prosecution requested.

A Paris area court fined the Church of Scientology and its library nearly $900,000 on grounds it manipulated its members financially during the 1990s. The court also delivered suspended prison sentences ranging from 10 months to two years to four of its leaders for fraud. Two others were ordered to pay fines.

Investigators had accused the group of pressuring members into paying large sums of money for questionable financial gain and harassing potential members.

Despite the guilty verdict the court stopped short of following the prosecution’s demands the church be dissolved in France.

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