Once Scientology gets their hooks into somebody it is not always easy to get out. This is one of the many cases that Scientology has got embroiled in. There is a damn good reason their reputation stinks.
Gene Allard, a high-ranking banking officer in the Sea Org wanted out but all he got was a run-around and threats. He finally got so pissed off that he got on a plane in LA and flew to Kansas City and personally handed over some documents to the IRS. Scientology tried to get even with him by reporting that he had stolen money from out of his office’s safe. After 21 days in the slammer he was freed. In the subsequent lawsuit Allard was awarded 300,000 dollars, the amount was lowered by the appeals court to $50,000.
Allard v. Church of Scientology , 58 Cal.App.3d 439[Civ. No. 45562.
Court of Appeals of California, Second Appellate District, Division
Two. May 18, 1976.]
L=2E GENE ALLARD, Plaintiff, Cross-defendant and Respondent, v. CHURCH OF
SCIENTOLOGY OF CALIFORNIA, Defendant, Cross-complainant and Appellant.
In May or June 1969, respondent told Boughton that he wanted to leave the church. Boughton asked him to reconsider. Respondent wrote a memo and later a note; he spoke to the various executive officers. They told him that the only way he could get out of Sea Org was to go through “auditing” and to get direct permission from L. Ron Hubbard. Respondent wrote to Hubbard. A chaplain of the church came to see him. Lawrence Krieger, the highest ranking justice official of the church in California, told respondent that if he left without permission, he
would be fair game and “You know we’ll come and find you and we’ll bring you back, and we’ll deal with you in whatever way is necessary.”
On the night of June 7 or early morning of June 8, 1969, respondent went to his office at the Church of Scientology and took several documents from the safe. These documents were taken by him to the Internal Revenue Service in Kansas City; he used them to allege improper changes in the records of the church. He denies that any Swiss francs were in the safe that night or that he took such Swiss francs. Furthermore, respondent denies the allegation that he stole various
travelers’ checks from the safe. He admitted that some travelers’ checks had his signature as an endorsement, but maintains that he deposited those checks into an open account of the Church of Scientology. There is independent evidence that tends to corroborate that statement. Respondent, having borrowed his roommate’s car, drove to the airport and flew to Kansas City, where he turned over the documents to the Internal Revenue Service.
This was one of those early cases where the subject of Hubbard’s fair game policy was cited. This in itself gave the jury a good indication of just who they were dealing with. The newspapers were not slow in picking it up either.
For the rest of the decision by the appeals court go here: http://www.lermanet.com/scientologylegal/gene-allard-scientology.htm