Rizza Islam paid bail and was released.
Hanan Islam’s bail was increased to $281,500 based on three priors she had.
Update: Our information shows that the felony charges against Rizza Islam have not been reduced to misdemeanors. We will know more at the arraignment next week.
In response to questions we have received, here are the points we emphasize in this matter:
The charges against Rizza Islam and his co-defendants have absolutely nothing to do with the Nation of Islam. Rather, the case centers around two Church of Scientology licensed entities: The World Literacy Crusade and the American Health and Education Clinic (AHEC). Rizza worked at these entities when he was a practicing Scientologist. These two entities delivered Scientology services. WLC was owned by Scientologist Alfreddie Johnson. AHEC was an LLC partnership. Hanan Islam was the majority owner and controlled AHEC.
The case against Rizza Islam and his co-defendants is based on the years 2010-2013 when Rizza was not a member of the Nation of Islam. Rizza was a practicing Scientologist in those years. Rizza held the title “International Ambassador for the World Literacy Crusade.” He has also served as a director for the Scientology-owned front group Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR). This front group’s avowed purpose is to destroy Psychiatry. Rizza also won Scientology’s Youth For Human Rights Award. Rizza’s born date in the Nation of Islam is in June 16, 2015.
Some commenters online have argued that Rizza was arrested in retaliation for speaking out online as an NOI member and exposing corruption, conspiracies, etc. This is incorrect. Rizza was arrested for contempt of court in this old Scientology-related case and served five days in jail for contempt. When he finished that sentence, he was held for a few more days until the money was raised for his bail. Rizza’s arrest and time in jail had nothing to do with his social media activities. Nevertheless, Rizza is now attempting to conflate the two, which brings us to our next point:
Rizza Islam appears to be trying to turn his old Scientology-related criminal case into a claim that he is being persecuted for speaking out as a member of the Nation of Islam: Rizza’s attempt at damage control is emerging: He is trying to create and control a narrative that makes him look heroic. Rizza has already put a spin on his arrest and time in jail by stating, “This is what happens even to the best of us when you’re doing the best that you can. The enemy will find a way to attack or come at you especially when you are doing good deeds to resurrect the people.” Rizza’s story that he is being persecuted for righteousness sake is an attempt to deflect attention away from the $3.8 million dollar Medi-Cal fraud perpetrated by the Scientology-licensed AHEC. Rizza should not drag the Nation of Islam into his old Scientology legal problem.
Rizza Islam’s arrest for contempt of court occurred due to his belligerence in asserting his sovereign citizen defense. Judge Pastor allowed Rizza Islam to state his defense that he was a natural person and not the person named in the indictment. However, both Rizza and his mother became very belligerent and argumentative with Judge Pastor by persisting in this line of defense — and this despite his repeated warnings for them to stop. Both were arrested for contempt. This had nothing to do with Rizza’s social media work.
Rizza Islam’s Scientology past caught up with him. This case does not reflect upon the work he has done in the Nation of Islam. Because this Scientology-based case was delayed four years, it intruded into Rizza’s present life as a member of the Nation of Islam. Hence, he apparently feels the need to create a narrative that will play to his social media followers. We predict this will backfire on Rizza because the real details will emerge soon enough. As Rizza himself wrote, “ Wait for the facts to come out…. Justttt wait.”
Rizza Islam did not let his social media followers know he had a pending criminal case. Rizza had four years to make one video about this matter. He could have simply said it was the result of bad decisions. Everyone would have understood: People make mistakes in life. By not disclosing this part of his past, however, the news of Rizza’s arrest and criminal case caught many of his followers by surprise. Some felt betrayed by Rizza’s withholding this information.
Rizza has tried to downplay his Scientology past on social media when he should have been more forthcoming. To be fair, many people are in the same situation as Rizza: They don’t want anyone to know they were involved in the Church of Scientology, or, they attempt to minimize their involvement. This shows the horrible reputation Scientology has in Culture. We understand perfectly well why people don’t want their past involvement with the Church of Scientology to be known. Many people suffer from trauma, nightmares, bankruptcy, broken families, depression and other serious problems as a result of the suffering they experienced at the hands of the Church of Scientology.
Rizza Islam has publicly stated that he is not a Scientologist. While the Nation of Islam has embraced and uses the technology of Dianetics and Scientology, the Nation of Islam is not a part of the Church of Scientology and its members do not consider themselves to be Scientologists. Thus, when Rizza Islam became a formal member of the Nation of Islam in 2015, he ceased identifying himself as a Scientologist or with the Church of Scientology. That Nation of Islam members receive training and processing in Scientology facilities — and sometimes appear at public events with Scientologists — does not make them Scientologists in terms of self-identification. However, inasmuch as the Church of Scientology and the Nation of Islam are inseparably bound together in their practice of Scientology as dictated by the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard, the only real distinction comes down to which group one belongs to and identifies with: The Church of Scientology or the Nation of Islam.
Rizza’s attempt to deflect attention away from Scientology by identifying himself as a member of the Nation of Islam ring hollows — particularly when we see prominent NOI member Tony Muhammad promoting the Church of Scientology in Ireland. Why is Tony Muhammad helping Scientologist Jim Mathers launch Scientology in Ireland? Contrary to Rizza’s protestations, the Nation of Islam is bound to the Church of Scientology at the level of helping to recruit new people into the Church of Scientology.
The Nation of Islam can only practice Scientology based upon a license issued by Scientology leader David Miscavige. Mr. Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam can neither defy nor publicly denounce David Miscavige and the Church of Scientology.
Just this week, Scientology leader David Miscavige was named a defendant in yet another civil lawsuit against himself and the Church of Scientology:
Rizza Islam remains scheduled for arraignment on what now appear to be misdemeanor charges. The arraignment is on October 22, 2019:
After her court appearance this morning (October 11, 2019) Hanan Islam’s bail was increased from $250,000 to $281,500. Note: Hanan Islam has a $5,000 bail hold not shown in the dollar amounts listed below:
Tony Ortega’s reporting in 2015 details what happened to the other defendants in this case:
Rudy Washington was principal of Chavez Continuation High School. Jesse L. Jones was principal of Centennial High School. And Keith Donerson was coach of the legendary Dons, the football team at Manuel Dominguez High School. When each were charged with Medi-Cal fraud in early October last year they were put on administrative leave, then were later fired.
According to Los Angeles County Superior Court records, the charges against Rudy Washington were either dismissed or not prosecuted, while Jones and Donerson were allowed to plead guilty to lesser charges.
The three educators allegedly supplied high school students to the clinic at the World Literacy Crusade, where Medi-Cal claims were submitted for drug rehab treatment, even though the football players and other students didn’t have addiction problems and were put through Scientology drills rather than drug counseling. The students themselves reportedly had no idea they were part of an insurance fraud scheme.
The fraudulent activity occurred between 2010 and 2013, according to Hanan Islam’s charging papers. In March 2014, the state’s Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse, a part of the state’s Department of Justice under Attorney General Kamala Harris, raided World Literacy Crusade and seized documents, which eventually led to the arrests and criminal charges.
More details as they become available.
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