OT’s in Action: Four Scientologists Arrested & Indicted in $80 Million Medicare Fraud

Scientology OT’s Jeffrey and Jim Spina have been charged with felonies along with two other Scientologists

According to a US Dept of Justice Press Release of August 30, 2018 Scientologists James Spina, Jeffrey Spina, Andrea Grossman, and Kimberly Spina have been charged with “participating in a widespread health care fraud scheme through their fraudulent operation of Dolson Avenue Medical (“DAM” or the “Practice”), a multi-disciplinary medical clinic located in Middletown, New York.” The Spina brothers are chiropractors and used their practice to engage in the alleged fraud with their accomplices.

The US DoJ press release adds, “The defendants were all arrested today, and presented in federal district court in White Plains. This case has been assigned to U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth M. Karas.” These Scientologists were arrested, booked, and processed. The Times-Herald Record Online reported on bail conditions for the defendants:

The Spina brothers hid behind a facade of being upstanding philanthropists involved in their communities. They also participated in Scientology’s phony front group Drug Free World.

As the US DoJ press released noted, a co-conspirator in this case named Dr. Charles Bagley has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud.


ANOTHER SCIENTOLOGY-RELATED CRIMINAL CASE IN THE LOS ANGELES COURT

There is another Scientology-related criminal case in the Los Angeles Criminal Court in which four Scientologists are charged on a $3 million dollar Medi-Cal fraud. The defendants and case information are as follows:


This case arose out of Hanan Islam — who often uses the title of Dr. Hanan Islam — and her operation in Compton, California called the American Health and Education Clinics (AHEC). Essentially, Islam and several of her adult children defrauded Medi-Cal and are facing several criminal charges. Tony Ortega covers the details in his article Felony Raps for Scientologists Running L.A. Rehab Scam with Corrupt Educators.

The Health American Health and Education Clinics operated out of prominent Scientologist Alfreddie Johnson’s now defunct World Literacy Crusade. One of the defendants in this case is Ronnie “Rizza” Islam. A Scientologist and a member of the Nation of Islam, Rizza is a staunch anti-vaxxer and frequently tweets about the dangers of vaccines:



ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS & INFORMATION

US Department of Justice Press Release on the US vs Spina et al: Note: Hover your cursor over the document to invoke the page up/page down controls at the bottom of the page frame:

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Indictment in US vs. James Spina, Jeffrey Spina, Andrea Grossman, and Kimberly Spina. Note: Hover your cursor over the document to invoke the page up/page down controls at the bottom of the page frame:

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Data on the Spina brothers decades-long participation in Scientology from Kirsti Wachter’s website The Truth About Scientology.

Jeffrey Spina in Scientology’s Published Service Completion Lists:

The following 36 individual completions for Jeff Spina appear in official Scientology publications:

Jeff Spina STATE OF CLEAR Source 72 1990-09-01
Jeff Spina SUNSHINE RUNDOWN Source 72 1990-09-01
Jeff Spina L 11 NEW LIFE RUNDOWN Source 73 1990-11-01
Jeff Spina L 12 FLAG OT EXECUTIVE RUNDOWN Source 74 1991-02-01
Jeff Spina OT PREPARATIONS Source 76 1991-09-01
Jeff Spina L 10 RUNDOWN Source 76 1991-09-01
Jeff A. Spina METHOD ONE WORD CLEARING Source 76 1991-09-01
Jeff Spina HUBBARD QUALIFIED SCIENTOLOGIST COURSE Source 76 1991-09-01
Jeffrey A. Spina HUBBARD KEY TO LIFE COURSE Source 78 1991-12-01
Jeff Spina FALSE PURPOSE RUNDOWN AUDITING Source 79 1992-03-01
Jeffrey A. Spina THE STUDENT HAT COURSE Source 79 1992-03-01
Jeffrey A. Spina LIFE ORIENTATION COURSE Source 79 1992-03-01
Jeffrey A. Spina NEW HUBBARD PROFESSIONAL TR COURSE Source 80 1992-05-01
Jeffrey A. Spina HUBBARD PROFESSIONAL UPPER INDOC TRS COURSE Source 81 1992-06-01
Jeffrey A. Spina NEW HUBBARD SOLO AUDITOR COURSE, PART ONE Source 93 1994-08-01
Jeffrey A. Spina OT PREPARATIONS Source 93 1994-08-01
Jeffrey A. Spina NEW HUBBARD SOLO AUDITOR COURSE, PART TWO Source 93 1994-08-01
Jeff Spina ELIGIBILITY FOR ISSUE OF OT LEVELS CHECK Source 93 1994-08-01
Jeffrey A. Spina NEW OT I Source 93 1994-08-01
Jeffrey A. Spina METHOD ONE WORD CLEARING Source 93 1994-08-01
Jeffrey A. Spina OT II Source 94 1994-10-01
Jeffrey A. Spina OT III Source 94 1994-10-01
Jeffrey A. Spina NEW OT IV OT DRUG RUNDOWN Source 94 1994-10-01
Jeff Spina NEW OT V AUDITED NOTS Source 101 1996-07-01
Jeffrey Spina RESPONSIBILITY AND THE STATE OF OT Freewinds 21 1996-12-01
Jeffrey Spina OT DEBUG SERVICE Freewinds 21 1996-12-01
Jeffrey A. Spina STUDY CERTAINTY COURSE Source 113 1998-01-01
Jeffrey Spina STATE OF MAN CONGRESS COURSE Freewinds 32 1999-04-01
Jeffrey Spina ABILITY CONGRESS Freewinds 37 2000-03-01
Jeff Spina FALSE PURPOSE RUNDOWN SECOND DYNAMIC Source 130 2000-07-01
Jeffrey A. Spina SCIENTOLOGY ETHICS SPECIALIST COURSE Source 145 2003-04-01
Jeffrey Spina LONDON CONGRESS ON DISSEMINATION & HELP COURSE Freewinds 61 2006-01-01
Jeffrey A. Spina PURIFICATION RUNDOWN PROCEDURE Source 176 2006-03-01
Jeff Spina THE PROBLEMS OF WORK COURSE Freewinds 78 2010-05-01
Jeffrey Spina THE WAY TO HAPPINESS COURSE Freewinds 84 2011-05-01
Jeff Spina PURIFICATION RUNDOWN® Source 245 2017-03-01

Note: The dates listed above are the approximate publication dates of the magazines, which may be weeks or months later than the actual date the service was completed.


Jim Spina in Scientology’s Published Service Completion Lists.
The following 31 individual completions for Jim Spina appear in official Scientology publications:

Jim Spina STATE OF CLEAR Source 69 1989-12-01
Jim Spina SUNSHINE RUNDOWN Source 69 1989-12-01
Jim Spina L 11 NEW LIFE RUNDOWN Source 71 1990-04-01
Jim Spina L 11 RUNDOWN EXPANDED Source 71 1990-04-01
Jim Spina L 10 RUNDOWN Source 74 1991-02-01
Jim Spina L 12 FLAG OT EXECUTIVE RUNDOWN Source 74 1991-02-01
Jim Spina HUBBARD KEY TO LIFE COURSE Source 78 1991-12-01
Jim Spina LIFE ORIENTATION COURSE Source 79 1992-03-01
Jim Spina THE STUDENT HAT COURSE Source 80 1992-05-01
Jim Spina GRADE 0 Source 81 1992-06-01
Jim Spina NEW HUBBARD PROFESSIONAL TRS COURSE Source 81 1992-06-01
Jim Spina FALSE PURPOSE RUNDOWN AUDITING Source 87 1993-06-01
Jim Spina DYNAMIC SORT-OUT ASSESSMENT Source 87 1993-06-01
Jim Spina OT PREPARATIONS Source 91 1994-02-01
Jim Spina NEW HUBBARD SOLO AUDITOR COURSE, PART ONE Source 92 1994-05-01
Jim Spina NEW HUBBARD SOLO AUDITOR COURSE, PART TWO Source 93 1994-08-01
Jim Spina ELIGIBILITY FOR ISSUE OF OT LEVELS CHECK Source 93 1994-08-01
Jim Spina NEW OT I Source 93 1994-08-01
Jim Spina OT II Source 93 1994-08-01
Jim Spina OT III Source 94 1994-10-01
Jim Spina NEW OT IV OT DRUG RUNDOWN Source 94 1994-10-01
Jim Spina NEW OT VI Source 95 1995-02-01
Jim Spina SOLO NOTS AUDITOR CERTAINTY COURSE, PART I Source 104 1997-01-01
Jim Spina SOLO NOTS AUDITOR CERTAINTY COURSE, PART II Source 111 1997-11-01
Jim Spina HUBBARD DIANETICS SEMINAR Source 128 2000-01-01
Jim Spina STUDY CERTAINTY COURSE Source 129 2000-05-01
Jim Spina NEW OT VII Source 139 2002-09-01
Jim Spina PURIFICATION RUNDOWN IN CHARGE COURSE Source 139 2002-09-01
Jim Spina NEW OT VIII Freewinds 47 2002-09-01
Jim Spina TIME TRACK OF THETA COURSE Freewinds 47 2002-09-01
Jim Spina Doc Roland Source 200 2008-08-01

Note: The dates listed above are the approximate publication dates of the magazines, which may be weeks or months later than the actual date the service was completed.


5 comments

  1. Great work as always, Jeffrey!

    What’s clear is that there is a nexus of fraud around WISE healthcare-related enterprises and Narconon. This nexus is based on what would appear to be a template that details organizational, personnel, and financial structures designed to enable fraudulent Medicare billing in a way that is scalable, relatively sophisticated, and most importantly, easily repeatable.

    What should worry Scn is the discovery in the various Narconon trials, the Hanan Islam trial, and now the Spina brothers indictment, will undoubtedly be able to demonstrate at a minimum, conspiracy to defraud, given the behavioral similarities among the various defendants, the deliberate targeting of public money for personal gain, and the endemic influence of Scn throughout all the criminal enterprises involved.

    Significantly, it reflects a pernicious and ongoing pattern of criminality across a variety of Scn front groups. As a result, such behavior appears to be nothing more than racketeering, and a great start to a RICO indictment.

    I note that the Spinas have spent time on the Freewinds; I wouldn’t be surprised if part of their time aboard was spent delivering detailed seminar instruction on Medicare fraud under the guise of “Prosperity Seminars”, in keeping with LRH’s mandate of “make money, make more money” to illicitly fund one’s “Bridge”. Ironic, in that one fraud begets another…

    1. Thank you for your insights Dr. Wasel. It is interesting you would mention a nexus of fraud. Indeed, allegations of insurance fraud involving Scientology occurred in 2013. Specifically, the Narconon facility in Norcross, Georgia was raided on April 26, 2013 by the authorities in an insurance fraud investigation. Photo and caption from the AJC story on the Narconon raid:

      (PHOTO MORITORIUM – 5p.m. 4/26/2013) Apr. 26, 2013 Gwinnett County : Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s Fraud Unit’s chief investigator, Sherry Mowell (left) directs Gwinnett County D.A. investigator, Paul Navas (right) where to take a confiscated computer Friday. Members of the Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s Fraud Unit along with the Gwinnett County D.A.’s office and Gwinnett police served a search warrant on Friday morning, Apr.26, 2013 at the Narconon of Georgia offices at 5688 Peachtree Pkwy in Norcross. Officials entered the offices and spent most the day confiscating computers and files which they said would take weeks to analyze. The Fraud Unit investigates violations of Georgia statutes related to insurance fraud. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

      The outcome of the Narconon Georgia fraud investigation as reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

      “A controversial Norcross drug treatment facility with ties to the Church of Scientology will avoid any potential criminal charges after surrendering its license to the state… the state insurance commissioner and Porter launched an investigation into allegations by the mother of a former patient who said her insurer was billed $166,275 for doctor visits that never occurred and treatment that was never provided. State investigators said they had uncovered nearly $3 million in alleged insurance fraud by Narconon of Georgia.”

      *****
      Is a surprise raid with a search warrant the inevitable conclusion for certain of Scientology’s ABLE or WISE-related businesses?

      (PHOTO MORITORIUM – 5p.m. 4/26/2013) Apr. 26, 2013 Gwinnett County : Gwinnett County police officer, N.S. Ruiz (left) watches Gwinnett County D. A. investigator, Roy Mangrum (right) walk to his car with a confiscated computer Friday. Members of the Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s Fraud Unit along with the Gwinnett County D.A.’s office and Gwinnett police served a search warrant on Friday morning, Apr.26, 2013 at the Narconon of Georgia offices at 5688 Peachtree Pkwy in Norcross. Officials entered the offices and spent most the day confiscating computers and files which they said would take weeks to analyze. The Fraud Unit investigates violations of Georgia statutes related to insurance fraud. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

  2. Thank you so much for writing this journal of events and keeping the world informed. I’m doing my best to signal boost your posts and will be following. If you need any support, please holler. I’m an autistic mom to autistic kids and we battle the biomedical cures and hate and “recovery” and autistic abuse. I’m building a campaign to battle this one the internet and working with the autistic community worldwide to join our voices and activism to stop this shit.

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