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Scientology-Based Compton scam rehab and ‘literacy crusade’ have vanished since raid

(Note: authored by Jeffrey Augustine this piece was originally published on the Underground Bunker and is reposted here for archival purposes)


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[Isaac Hayes (1942-2008) tells an audience about becoming the international spokesman for the World Literacy Crusade] 

Tony Ortega: “We could not have broken the big story of felony charges against Scientologists operating a Scientology drug rehab clinic in Compton without the help of our sources. We’ve had invaluable help here in New York with the Underground Bunker’s man on the scene, Jeffrey Augustine, who lives in Los Angeles.”

This week, he volunteered to get some looks at the venues we’ve been talking about. The story we revealed on Thursday was that several Scientologists are accused of running a Narconon clinic out of the World Literacy Crusade, a longtime Scientology front in Compton. Arrangements were made with three prominent local educators (since fired) to provide high school kids to the “clinic,” where they were put through Scientology exercises, and the clinic then billed Medi-Cal as if the students had been treated for drug addictions. According to court documents, this scam was running at least from 2010 to 2013 (but we found evidence that it had been using foster children as early as 2005). The clinic was raided by a state law enforcement agency in March 2014. But what’s happened to the clinic, and the World Literacy Crusade, since then? Jeffrey Augustine is our man on the scene.”


With the news of Dr. Hanan Islam being criminally charged for Medi-Cal fraud, I decided to drive over to Compton to visit the two Scientology-related entities where she worked, with Rev. Alfreddie Johnson Jr. (who has not been arrested or charged with a crime): World Literacy Crusade (3209 N. Alameda St, Suite B) and American Health and Education Clinics (3209 N. Alameda St, Suite B, sometimes listed as Suite C).

3209 N. Alameda Street is located in a well-maintained, single-story industrial park. Designed for light manufacturing, industrial distribution, or service and repair companies, this is not a location one would associate with a rehab clinic, church, or literacy crusade. I mention this point because, as a sales engineer, I called on manufacturers and distributors for 30 years and had many small clients in these sorts of industrial parks in Los Angeles. The choice of location seemed odd to me. It is what Scientologists would call an “out point.” Adding to this out point is the fact that Rev. Johnson’s “True Faith Christian Center” is also, according to online records, located in Suite B. However, in 2013 the Reverend Johnson announced on Facebook that he had moved his church to the Hubbard Dianetics Community Center attached to the new Scientology “Ideal Org” in Inglewood:
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Despite being listed at the N. Alameda address in Internet searches, Rev. Johnson’s World Literacy Crusade is also no longer located at the Compton address. The California Secretary of State website shows World Literacy Crusade to be a suspended entity:

Alfreddie2A search of IRS 990 forms shows that the World Literacy Crusade today is a “doing business as” (dba) of Scientologist Holly Haggerty’s nonprofit Community Learning Center Inc. located in Clearwater, Florida (EIN 59-3521809).

At some point, Rev. Johnson’s World Literacy Crusade was subsumed into the Community Learning Center Inc. But in that organization’s latest tax return, for 2014, there is no mention of Rev. Johnson or the Crusade.

World Literacy Crusade has essentially vanished legally. Despite this, the official Church of Scientology website makes this claim for Johnson’s group:

Today, World Literacy Crusade operates programs in schools, community tutoring centers and juvenile detention facilities. It has grown into an international movement, with volunteers from lands as far-flung as Australia, Greece and Africa providing individuals with the basic tools to become literate, responsible, self-sufficient and employable. After completing the literacy program, 87 percent of teens involved in gangs and drug use made the decision to relinquish their former lifestyle and embark on a productive and ethical path.

While Scientology makes that confident claim about Rev. Johnson’s Crusade, the reverend himself has apparently moved on to a new enterprise — doing business in the United Arab Emirates:

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While World Literacy Crusade has vanished from Compton, I also found, on my visit, that Hanan Islam’s American Health and Education Clinics is no longer located at the N. Alameda facility. I spoke to the gentleman who today rents Suite B. He is an industrial distributor who moved in about six months ago and told me Suite B was unoccupied when he moved in. I have blurred the name of his company in this photo of Suite B:
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Suite C, which also was listed as an address for American Health and Education Clinics, is empty and the signage has been removed.

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A peek inside the window at the former location of American Health and Education Clinics reveals nothing more than a lonely wall socket:
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As with most things Scientology, the seedy reality belies the PR: Behold the former global headquarters of the World Literacy Crusade and American Health and Education Clinics:
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And here’s what it looked like in better times, from a WLC video…

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American Health and Education Clinics’ website has also been taken down, and the California Secretary of State website shows American Health and Education Clinics LLC to be a Delaware corporation whose California status is, apparently, forfeited:
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The California data reveals American Health and Education Clinics LLC to be a Delaware corporation with a very impressive address in prestigious Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. This Chadds Ford address is also that of The Brandywine Companies, a real estate brokerage and financial services company. Brandywine’s “People” webpage shows the founder, chairman, and the CEO of Brandywine to be Scientologist Bruce E. Moore; Moore’s Scientology service completions are extensive. Moore and his Brandywine Company are listed as members of Scientology’s business front, WISE, in 2001 and 2004.

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What is Bruce Moore’s tie to Hanan Islam? It’s not clear. One thing is certain when dealing with the Church of Scientology: Things are never as they seem.

Scientology’s Inner Circle

Publicly available IRS 990-T’s and other publicly available documents have given us the names of twenty-four trusted Church of Scientology functionaries. Please feel free to post additional names to help build an open source database of “Inner Circle Scientology.” My e-mail is scienowriter@gmail.com.

In this blog entry we present David Miscavige’s inner circle, rubber stamps, & missing wife

Monique.Yingling1. Monique Yingling of Zuckert, Scoutt & Rasenberger LLP, Washington D.C. — David Miscavige’s personal attorney. If Scientology is a small business operated as a wannabe Mafia, then Miscavige is the boss and Yingling his consigliere. Yingling’s late husband was Gerald Feffer of Williams & Connolly in D.C. Feffer and Yingling were among the key architects of Scientology’s 1993 tax exemption.

One indicator serious Scientology watchers use to assess the state of affairs in David Miscavige’s head is the presence of Monique Yingling.

Whenever Yingling appears at the scene of a Scientology story you can bet that Miscavige is highly “enturbulated” as Scientologists say. Yingling recently sent a letter to HBO objecting to Alex Gibney’s characterization of how Scientology gained its 1993 tax exemption. We weighed in on Yingling’s letter.

Yingling appeared along with Scientology executives in Anderson Cooper’s CNN series on the culture of violence in Scientology. Yingling and the others denied that David Miscavige beat Church executives. Yingling did, however, acknowledge that beatings occured and were handled internally. In other words, Yingling admits that numerous beating victims were not allowed to have the perpetrators arrested by the police:


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2. William Esensten – Scientology Inc. CPA with the Beverly Hills firm of NSBN. Signs all of Scientology’s 990-T forms.

Left: William Esensten, CPA


3. Laurisse “Lou” Henley-Smith aka Laurisse Stuckenbrock – David Miscavige’s personal assistant and alleged mistress.  According to Mike Rinder, Miscavige dictates while Stuckenbrock types on her blackberry. She does this in order to serve as Miscavige’s “cut out” so that he does not appear to be controlling the Church of Scientology International. This is important because Miscavige and Yingling told the IRS in Scientology’s 1993 application for tax exemption that Miscavige works for the Religious Technology Center and has nothing to do with running the Church. This is of course an outright lie. The Church of Scientology is David Miscavige’s alter ego. Scientology doesn’t sue anyone these days as Miscavige could be deposed and corporate veils could be pierced. In the 2008 photo below, Henley-Smith is seen (front right) standing next to David Miscavige. Behind Laurisse are Tom Cruise, and Katie Homes at a motorsport event:

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4. Linda Hamel – CO OSA Int, Scientology Spy Boss, Office of Special Affairs (OSA). Former Guardian’s Office “Ops Chief” for Snow White.

Note: No known photo of Linda Hamel exists. Scientology keeps its top spy boss in hiding. L. Ron Hubbard stayed in hiding from 1966 until his death in 1986. Now it seems Miscavige is also finding it necessary to keep a low profile along with Linda Hamel.


5. Jenny Linson, Dave Bloomberg, and Marc Yager — long-time Scientologists and top Scientology executives. In October 2014, this troika attempted to ambush Marty Rathbun at LAX. They came off looking like lunatic cultists in the attempt:


5. Warren McShane — President Religious Technology Center.

Right: Warren McShane

Marty Rathbun on David Miscavige and Warren McShane:

“He (Miscavige) appointed to President of RTC (Religious Technology Center) Warren McShane, intelligence trained Guardians Office case officer.  He told Warren to his face in my presence on more than one occasion that the only reason he continued to retain Warren was his lying ability; he needed an accomplished liar to front for him when it came to depositions seeking to break the wall of secrecy surrounding Miscavige’s hands on involvement with unlawful operations.”


Miscavige Rubber Stamps: These Sea Org members  sign whatever they are told to sign.

6. Alan Cartwright – Legal Officer CSI – has been deposed in Rathbun v. Miscavige, Former GO.

7. Mike Ellis – International Justice Chief. Weighs in at a hefty 315 pounds and has a heart problem. Why doesn’t the Church take better care of this man?

8. Ellen Reynolds — Secretary CSI, signs 990-T’s. Has been on staff for decades.

9. Lynn Farny — CSI books are in his possession as of 2012, former GO

10. Carl Heldt – His name is associated with the Scientology Int’l Reserves Trust (SIRT) in 2011.

11. Austin Nickels – COS WUS books are in his possession as of 2012

12. Glen Stilo — FSO books are in his possession as of 2012

13. Diane Gillott – CCI books are in her possession as of 2011

14. Ludwig Alpers – FSSO books are in his possession as of 2012

15. Arthur Bolstad – CST books are in his possession as of 2011

16. Ryland Perkins – Secretary of ASI, the for-profit arm of CST.


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17. Shelly Miscavige –wife of David Miscavige — has fallen from favor with her husband. She has not been seen in public for about eight years and is presumably locked up at  Scientology’s secret Twin Peaks base after crossing her husband on Church matters.

Left: Shelly Miscavige, the disappeared wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige.

L. Ron Hubbard also made his wife Mary Sue persona non grata after she was sent to prison for her role in Operation Snow White.

Actress Leah Remini famously filed a missing persons report on Shelly with LAPD and this became big news story.


18. Seating is everything in the Church of Scientology — always look in the front row at Scientology events and you will see everyone who is anyone. Seating matters to David Miscavige and this is why he made Sea Org members play a sick game of musical chairs.

Below: When Miscavige opened the new $145,000,000 Flag Building in Clearwater, Florida in 2013, he put his leading players in the front row. L-R: Laurisse Henley-Smith, Monique Yingling, Kelly Preston, John Travolta, Tom Cruise.

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Jett Travolta Foundation 2013 Form 990

Jett Travolta, 1992-2009.

Jett Travolta, 1992-2009. Requiescat in Pace.

It is a terrible thing to lose a child.

John and Kelly created a foundation to quietly honor the memory of their late son Jett Travolta. IMHO, this should not be sensationalized for the sake of Jett.  Therefore, posted in the public interest to show the facts: The Jett Travolta Foundation 2013 Form 990.