Ken Moxon

Scientology Money in a Mormon Bank: More of the Secret Relationship Exposed

Tony Ortega today posted a most interesting article on Efrem Logreira, the 75 year old man whom the Church of Scientology clipped for $75,000 in a credit card scheme. Scientology wants to return the $75,000 to Logreira as this scam has blown up in its face. However, Mr. Logreira has been paying crippling amounts of monthly interest on the balance on the cards and therefore demands to recover interest in order to be made whole on the entire amount. Scientology does not appear interested in making Logreira whole and wants to pay only the balance on the credit cards less interest.

As we learn in Ortega’s story, Scientology’s long-time attorney Mr. Moxon presented Mr. Logreira’s counsel Graham Berry with the check shown above. This is where the Scientology Money Project is extremely interested as the check posted by Tony Ortega shows the Church of Scientology of Los Angeles Claims Verification Board to have its account with the California Bank & Trust Los Angeles Metro Branch.

California Bank & Trust Los Angeles Metro Branch is a subsidiary of Zions Bancorporation, one of America’s largest banks. Founded in 1873 by Mormon leader Brigham Young, the Mormon church once owned a majority interest in Zions Bank. Even after selling its interest, CEO Harris Henry Simmons is a Mormon as are many of Zions’ employees. Several Zions employees also hold political office in Utah.

Zions is a powerful bank with deep connections to the LDS Church and, now it appears, financial ties to the Church of Scientology. The Church of Scientology has long had a not-so-secret backchannel relationship with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and now we see one more element of the relationship. In a second check Ortega posted today, we see a check from Scientology’s Continental Liaison Office (CLO).  The account is held in same Los Angeles Metro branch of California Bank & Trust. 


A MORMON OFFICIAL DEFENDS SCIENTOLOGY

Jean Huysmans, Public Affairs Committee of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, publicly spoke on behalf of Scientology in a video produced by the Church of Scientology. In this video, praises L. Ron Hubbard and attacks psychiatric drugs. The presumption here is that Huysmans was fully authorized to do this video by the First Presidency in Salt Lake City.


SCANDALS

Zions Bancorporation is not without its scandals. In 2011, the bank was fined $8 million dollars for violating US laws related to anti-money laundering and bank secrecy laws. FinCen cited 132 suspicious offshore wire transfers into Zions offshore entities totaling $12.3 billion. Zions was fined $8 million. As we read in the Assessment of Civil Money Penalty issued by the US Department of the Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network:

FinCEN has determined that Zions violated the BSA requirements: to establish and
implement an effective anti-money laundering (“AML”) program with respect to its casas de cambio (“CDC”) and foreign correspondent customers’ account relationships; timely file Suspicious Activity Reports (“SARs”); and comply with the foreign correspondent account regulation(s).

Zions’ foreign correspondent business was initially handled by its Financial Institutions Group (“FIG”), and focused on Mexico and countries within Latin America. In January 2007, the Bank restructured its correspondent banking from FIG to an International Correspondent Banking Group (“ICB”). At its height, the Bank had 54 foreign correspondent relationships that included 19 CDC accounts, 4 casas de bolsa (securities firms), 15 foreign banks-primarily from Latin America-and 3 foreign corporation customers. The services provided by the Bank to these customers included wire transfers, Automated Clearing House (“ACH”) transactions, cash letter activity processed through remote deposit capture (“RDC”) technology, and deposits.
The Bank provided wire transfers, ACH transactions, deposits, RDC services and imaging for processing cash letter instruments to its foreign correspondent customers. The Bank launched its RDC product in January 2005 and realized a significant increase in activity involving its correspondent accounts in 2006 and 2007. In 2005, the volume of transactions using RDC exceeded hundreds of millions of dollars, and continued to increase into the billions of dollars in 2007.

Zions failed to implement an effective AML program for its foreign correspondent business reasonably designed to identify and timely report transactions that exhibited indicia of money laundering or other suspicious activity, considering the types of products and services offered by the Bank, the volume and scope of its business, and the nature of its customers. Zions failed to implement a program tailored to the risks inherent within its foreign correspondent business lines and geographical reach. As a result, Zions failed to timely file SARs representing billions of dollars in suspicious transactions, thus greatly diminishing the potential utility of such reports to both law
enforcement and regulatory agencies…

Internal Policies, Procedures, and Controls

Zions failed to implement an effective system of internal controls reasonably
designed to ensure compliance with the BSA and manage the risks of money laundering, in its CDC and foreign correspondent customers’ accounts. Zions lacked adequate written policies, procedures and controls reasonably designed to assess the risks of money laundering and ensure the detection and reporting of suspicious transactions with respect to its CDC and foreign correspondent customers’ accounts.


Zions Bancorporation — Assessment of Civil Money Penalty

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Los Angeles Times: Private investigator for Church of Scientology alleges he was paid by Church attorney to recant statement to police

(Note: The following summary was written by Tony Ortega and is reprinted from his blog)


Kim Christensen, the L.A. Times reporter who broke the story last year about Scientology leader David Miscavige hiring private investigators Dwayne and Daniel Powell to follow his own father, Ron Miscavige, after Ron escaped from Scientology in 2012, has an important update today that is on the newspaper’s front page.

The most striking thing in Christensen’s story last year was that the Powells told West Allis, Wisconsin police that they had been told by David Miscavige personally simply to stand by and let Ron die when they observed him having what they thought was a heart attack. “If he dies, he dies,” David reportedly told them.

Dwayne Powell later submitted a declaration that he had been misquoted by the police in their report of his interview, and that he did not talk to David Miscavige. The police in Wisconsin stood by their report.

Now, today, buried fairly deep in a lengthy story about Ron’s recent memoir, “Ruthless,” Christensen drops a small bomb.

Christensen obtained pay records showing that Powell was given $16,000 in five payments after his 2013 arrest and just before his submission of the declaration, even though he was no longer following Ron Miscavige.

The pay disbursements had come from notorious Scientology lawyer Kendrick Moxon. Would Moxon pay someone to say things in a declaration that the church wanted to hear?

Christensen doesn’t say it, but we’ve already proved that Moxon would do such a thing.

Back in 1999, we showed through documents that when a man named Robert Cipriano agreed to sign a false declaration accusing attorney Graham Berry of sexual improprieties in his past, Moxon arranged for Cipriano to get a job, rented him a place to live, and leased him a car.

Moxon, naturally, denied to the Times that his payments to Powell had anything to do with Powell issuing his declaration denying that he’d talked to Miscavige.

In the spring of 2015, just weeks before Powell signed the declaration, a Scientology attorney paid him at least $16,000 for “security” services in five payments, according to check stubs obtained by The Times. The checks were written on the trust account of Kendrick Moxon, a prominent Scientology attorney in Los Angeles, the records show.

Reached by phone, Powell confirmed the payments but would not comment on them.

But he did say that he had not worked for the church after giving up his Florida private investigator’s license in 2014, when he was indicted on a federal charge of possessing an illegal silencer. It was dismissed when he entered a pretrial diversion program.

Moxon told The Times in a written response that Powell performed “security and research services” for his firm last year.

“The relationship between this firm and any investigators I retain is privileged and confidential,” he wrote. “However, I can categorically state for the record that no payments were made to Mr. Powell for the testimony in his truthful declaration.”

But Powell told the Times that he was paid to write the declaration, which was written for him and which he signed in a meeting that took ten minutes.

So what have we learned? That Dwayne Powell did tell West Allis police that David Miscavige told him to stand by and watch Ron Miscavige die. (Ron actually wasn’t having a heart attack.) And that fact becoming public freaked out Scientology so much it paid Powell $16,000 to lie and claim that he’d said no such thing.

But once again, Moxon is busted by his own documents. And congratulations to the L.A. Times!


Excerpts from the Los Angeles Times story:

For more than a year, Powell told detectives, he and his son had followed Miscavige, eavesdropped on him and spied on his emails. They were paid $10,000 a week through an intermediary, he told police, explaining that David Miscavige was the “main client.”

On one outing, Powell told police, he saw Ron Miscavige clutch his chest while loading his car and thought he was having a heart attack. He called his go-between for instructions, and minutes later a man who identified himself as David Miscavige called back and told him that “if it was Ron’s time to die, to let him die and not intervene in any way,” a police report states…

…Police in that Milwaukee suburb stand by their account: “There is no confusion in the statements that were made by Dwayne and Daniel Powell,” Chief Patrick Mitchell said in an email.

Now, in the latest twist in the saga of church-sanctioned surveillance, Powell says he was paid thousands of dollars to sign the declaration after church attorneys summoned him to a meeting last year in Atlanta.

“The whole meeting took less than 10 minutes,” he said. “They said, ‘This is what this is, and this is what it’s for. Goodbye and good luck.’ ”

How Scientology hooks public officials on its addictive anti-drug front

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(Note: This article was originally published on Tony Ortega’s Underground Bunker and is reprinted here for archival reasons)

Recently, we wrote about a police chief in a small Minnesota town who found himself being flown to Washington DC to be feted by the Church of Scientology and one of its celebrities, actress Erika Christensen. Why did he deserve this treatment? He was being celebrated because he had purchased anti-drug pamphlets from a Scientology front group, the Foundation for a Drug-Free World. After we wrote a couple of stories about how the police chief was being used in Scientology public relations, he had a change of heart and is no longer teaching the Foundation’s classes in his town. Now, contributor Jeffrey Augustine looks a little more closely at how Scientology uses the Foundation to lure in unsuspecting public officials.

How does the chief of police of a small town in Minnesota find himself in Washington DC unwittingly promoting a Scientology “drug prevention” front group? It was the result of a well-designed Scientology program that is intended to lure unwary educators, law enforcement figures, and other overworked public officials tasked with drug education. This machine has ten parts:

1. A lofty and noble-sounding name: The Foundation for a Drug Free World. Who would suspect that an organization with such a fine name and apparently noble purpose is actually a shill for the Church of Scientology and designed to spread awareness of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard?

2. An equally lofty and noble-sounding website name: drugfreeworld.org. Who doesn’t want a drug free world? Scientology uses the names of its front groups to paint itself as a champion of literacy, education, human rights, drug prevention, and drug treatment. Who would oppose such vital and important activities?

3. A highly aggressive, and very expensive Google AdWords campaign for key search terms. Spyfu.com estimates that the monthly advertising budget for drugfreeworld.org is $21,400:
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4. Google AdWords work: The Church of Scientology’s Orgs, missions, and front groups are all legally separate non-profit corporations. Accordingly, each of these legally separate corporations qualify for $10,000 – $40,000 per month in AdWords campaign grants from Google. These legally separate corporations allow Scientology Inc. to cumulatively receive millions of dollars per year from Google’s AdWords donation program for non-profits, as church official Brandy Harrison boasted at a Scientology fundraiser in 2014, saying that Google had given Scientology $5.7 million in free advertising up to that point.

Google’s donations — along with additional Scientology monies likely paid by the IAS — are used to optimize search results. This is why The Foundation for a Drug Free World consistently comes up on the first page of Google when conducting a search using the keywords “drug and alcohol abuse.” This high Google placement lends an air of legitimacy to the covert Scientology front group:
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5. A noble mission statement posted on the group’s website. This mission statement deliberately omits any mention of the Church of Scientology or L. Ron Hubbard. Coupled with the noble mission statement on the group’s website is the offer of a “FREE information Kit and Educator’s Package.” There is also a free “The Truth About Drugs DVD.” This offer of free help by a “Foundation” just might seem like a godsend to an overworked official:
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6. A free and easy to use “plug and play” product line: On the surface, The Foundation for a Drug Free World offers educators, law enforcement, and other officials a free and easy to use series of booklets and DVD’s There is even a pre-prepared series of classroom lessons and tests about street drugs and their effects. This ready-made drug education curriculum is designed to meet the requirements for school districts or law enforcement to obtain grant monies, or, to satisfy the requirements of grant monies already received. The police chief in Minnesota needed to find a way to spend his city’s part of a $1.5 million federal grant, and fast. The Foundation for a Drug Free World’s materials must have seemed like a slam dunk. All he had to do was to pay shipping.

The Foundation for a Drug Free World’s free “plug and play” product line is very tempting for overworked cops and teachers. While the free booklets are vivid and attention-getting, they remind this writer of an update to the overheated and apocalyptic “Chick tracts” distributed by Christian fundamentalists:
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7. All we ask of you is one little favor: The seemingly-innocuous cost of The Foundation for a Drug Free World’s generosity and “help flow” is that you agree to give the Foundation some feedback and testimonials. Just check the box and agree; it’s just a little formality:
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8. Data harvesting and lead qualification: After you check the box and proceed, we at The Foundation For a Drug Free World just need a few more details. As I was going through the Foundation’s website and saw this form, I was reminded that a key part of any successful sales organization is to generate and qualify leads. Hence, the “free” educator’s kit order form is actually a way to harvest data and qualify leads.
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9. Snap the trap: This information on the above form is everything to Scientology. A lone school teacher in a poorly funded parish school in, say, Louisiana, has limited PR and financial value to Scientology. However, a police chief in control of grant money is a major PR coup. This “hot lead” went right to CSI VP Bob Adams for immediate follow up. While Scientology’s Sea Org workers have no money for toilet paper or replacement uniform parts, the church has all the money in the world to fly a police chief and his wife to Washington DC and have his photo taken with Scientology actress Erika Christensen. A police chief lends incredible credibility to the Foundation. Indeed, this is why the Foundation for a Drug Free World advertises in The Police Chief magazine. I know this for a fact because I read about it in issue #120 of Impact, the official magazine of the International Association of Scientologists:
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The Foundation For a Drug Free World exploits good people who have spent decades building their careers and reputations. This is how a police chief’s good name and image is used by the Church of Scientology.

10. Attack the attackers: Scientology’s noble-sounding front groups allow Scientologists to create an important tautology. Whenever Scientology’s “social betterment” groups such as Narconon are exposed as scams, Scientologists reflexively respond to criticisms by arguing, per Hubbard’s self-serving fallacy, that only SP’s don’t want people to get better. Therefore, those who “attack” Scientology’s “social betterment” campaigns are SPs working for Big Pharma, etc. This same line of attack is invoked against “bitter defrocked apostates” (former Scientologists) who expose the Church.

Even the title of Hubbard’s Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health is based upon this same fallacious syllogism: Dianetics is committed to mental health; anyone who opposes mental health is suppressive and evil. Scientology really is a bubble world made of dense, hyperbolic, self-absorbed, and self-reinforcing language rooted in logical fallacies. One example: In Scientology, Hubbard declares his non sequiturs to be axioms, and, per Hubbard, science itself is built upon axioms. Thus, Scientology is scientific, and, science is true. Thus, to attack Hubbard or Scientology is to attack science and truth.

Speaking of science, I conducted a field investigation of the entity under discussion:

FOUNDATION FOR A DRUG-FREE WORLD
1626 NORTH WILCOX AVENUE NBR 1297,
LOS ANGELES CA 90028-6206
EIN 20-5812172
The address is a mailbox rental store in Hollywood located near the Scientology landmark, the Hollywood Guaranty Building:
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A check with the California Secretary of State reveals that Scientology attorney and Snow White unindicted co-conspirator Kendrick Moxon is the agent of service for the Foundation For a Drug Free World:
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The url drugfreeworld.org is registered to Pascal Cottier, the Foundation’s director, who has also been identified as a part of the Church of Scientology’s media relations office. An online check of IRS 990 forms shows that the Foundation last filed a 990-EZ in 2010. As of 2014, The Foundation for a Drug Free World has no assets or income listed. This suggests that either OSA or the IAS, or possibly both, are funding the Foundation’s activities.

(Note: this paragraph edited from Underground Bunker article) The website drugfreeworld.org has an IP address of 50.56.4.226. A reverse IP check shows this IP to be shared by 265 Scientology entities:

1. able.org
2. anthropinadikaiomata.org
3. aoshuk.com
4. appliedscholastics.org
5. azutaboldogsaghoz.com
6. azutaboldogsaghoz.net
7. azutaboldogsaghoz.org
8. bridgepub.com
9. bridgepubs.com
10. ccdh-france.fr
11. ccdh-france.info
12. ccdu.it
13. cchr.de
14. cchr.it
15. cchr.jp
16. cchr.org
17. cchr.se
18. celebritycentre.org
19. chemindubonheur.fr
20. chemindubonheur.org
21. criminon.org
22. derwegzumglucklichsein.com
23. derwegzumglucklichsein.de
24. desjeunespourlesdroitsdelhomme.org
25. dewegnaareengelukkigleven.com
26. dewegnaareengelukkigleven.org
27. dianetics.cn
28. dianetics.in
29. dianetics.org
30. drugfreeworld.org
31. ehrenamtlichergeistlicher.org
32. elcaminoalafelicidad.es
33. emberijogok.org
34. euhumanrights.org
35. exactscientology.net
36. flag.org
37. forenetformenneskerettigheder.org
38. forentformenneskerettigheter.org
39. freedomdrugrehab.com
40. freedommag.org
41. freewinds.org
42. frivilligeprester.org
43. frivilligpraest.dk
44. goldeneraproductions.org
45. hubbard-e-meter.com
46. hubbard-e-meter.net
47. hubbard-e-meter.org
48. hubbarde-meter.com
49. hubbarde-meter.net
50. hubbarde-meter.org
51. hubbardemeter.com
52. hubbardemeter.net
53. hubbardemeter.org
54. humanrights.com
55. humanrights.jp
56. humanrights4all.org
57. jeunespourlesdroitsdelhomme.org
58. jongerenvoormensenrechten.org
59. jugend-fuer-menschenrechte.de
60. juventudeparaosdireitoshumanos.org
61. juventudporlosderechoshumanos.es
62. juventudporlosderechoshumanos.org
63. laviadellafelicita.org
64. lawrencewrightgoingclear.com
65. lesjeunespourlesdroitsdelhomme.org
66. lrh.org
67. lrhquotes.org
68. lronhubbard.at
69. lronhubbard.be
70. lronhubbard.ca
71. lronhubbard.cn
72. lronhubbard.org
73. ministrevolontaire.org
74. ministrovolontario.it
75. ministrovoluntario.es
76. mmk-danmark.org
77. narconon-albatros.it
78. narconon-balkan.org
79. narconon-canada.ca
80. narconon-colombia.org
81. narconon-colorado.org
82. narconon-dimitrovgrad.org
83. narconon-egypt.org
84. narconon-eslov.org
85. narconon-freedomcenter.org
86. narconon-fresh-start.org
87. narconon-losmolinos.org
88. narconon-louisiana.org
89. narconon-mediterraneo.es
90. narconon-melbourne.org
91. narconon-mexico.org
92. narconon-moscow.org
93. narconon-navojoa.org
94. narconon-nepal.org
95. narconon-nevada.org
96. narconon-ojai.org
97. narconon-piemonte.it
98. narconon-sonora.org
99. narconon-south-texas.org
100. narconon-southtexas.org
101. narconon-suncoast.org
102. narconon-tijuana.org
103. narconon-troutrun.org
104. narconon-turkiye.org
105. narconon-uk.org
106. narconon-vistabay.org
107. narconon-warnersprings.org
108. narconon.jp
109. narconon.org.au
110. narconon.org
111. narcononafrica.org
112. narcononarrowhead.org
113. narcononaustralia.org
114. narcononcanada.org
115. narcononeurope.org
116. narcononfreedomcenter.org
117. narcononlatinamerica.org
118. narcononlatinoamerica.org
119. narcononlouisiana.org
120. narcononnepal.org
121. narcononnewliferetreat.org
122. narcononojai.org
123. narcononuk.org
124. neitilstoff.org
125. nejtilldroger.org
126. nejtilstoffer.org
127. neolaiasgiaanthrwpinadikaiwmata.org
128. newerapublications.com
129. newerapublications.es
130. newerapublications.it
131. newerapublications.org
132. newerapublications.ru
133. newerapublications.se
134. noaladroga.es
135. noalladroga.org
136. nonaladrogue.fr
137. notodrugs.jp
138. notodrugs.ru
139. ocaminhoparaafelicidade.com
140. ocaminoparaafelicidade.org
141. onkenteslelkeszek.org
142. oxfordcapacityanalysis.org
143. pravacheloveka.org
144. religiousfreedomwatch.com
145. rtc.org
146. sagneinzudrogen.org
147. scientologi.dk
148. scientologi.se
149. scientologie.fr
150. scientology-cclasvegas.org
151. scientology-courses.com
152. scientology-courses.net
153. scientology-courses.org
154. scientology-losangeles.org
155. scientology-losgatos.org
156. scientology-lyon.org
157. scientology-muenchen.org
158. scientology-newyork.org
159. scientology-orangecounty.org
160. scientology-padova.org
161. scientology-philadelphia.org
162. scientology-phoenix.org
163. scientology-portelizabeth.org
164. scientology-quebec.org
165. scientology-sacramento.org
166. scientology-sanfrancisco.org
167. scientology-sanjose.org
168. scientology-stuttgart.org
169. scientology-tampa.org
170. scientology-tech.com
171. scientology-tech.info
172. scientology-tech.mobi
173. scientology-tech.net
174. scientology-tech.org
175. scientology-tech.us
176. scientology-technology.com
177. scientology-technology.info
178. scientology-technology.mobi
179. scientology-technology.net
180. scientology-technology.org
181. scientology-technology.us
182. scientology-washingtondc.org
183. scientology.be
184. scientology.ca
185. scientology.co.uk
186. scientology.co
187. scientology.de
188. scientology.dk
189. scientology.es
190. scientology.in
191. scientology.it
192. scientology.jp
193. scientology.net
194. scientology.org.uk
195. scientology.org
196. scientology.ru
197. scientology.us
198. scientologychurches-europe.org
199. scientologycourses.com
200. scientologycourses.net
201. scientologycourses.org
202. scientologyhandbook.org
203. scientologynews.org
204. scientologytech.com
205. scientologytech.info
206. scientologytech.mobi
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208. scientologytech.org
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210. scientologytechnology.com
211. scientologytechnology.info
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213. scientologytechnology.net
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216. scientologytoday.org
217. sientology.org
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219. spiritual-tech.com
220. spiritual-tech.mobi
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226. spiritual-technology.org
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229. spiritualtech.us
230. spiritualtechnology.mobi
231. spiritualtechnology.net
232. spiritualtechnology.org
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234. suncoastrehabcenter.com
235. t-w-t-h.ru
236. thewaytohappiness.jp
237. thewaytohappiness.org
238. thewaytohappiness.ru
239. tousunispourlesdroitsdelhomme.org
240. twth.at
241. twth.dk
242. twth.net
243. twth.org
244. twth.se
245. ungdomarformanskligarattigheter.org
246. ungdomarformanskligarattigheter.se
247. ungeformenneskerettigheder.org
248. ungeformenneskerettigheter.org
249. unidosporlosderechoshumanos.es
250. unispourlesdroitsdelhomme.org
251. unitedforhumanrights.org
252. unitedmusicvideo.org
253. vagentilllycka.org
254. vejentillykke.org
255. volunteerministers.jp
256. volunteerministers.org
257. vrijwilliggeestelijke.org
258. waytohappiness.org
259. whatisscientology.com
260. whatisscientology.org
261. wise.org
262. yhri.org
263. youthforhumanrights.jp
264. youthforhumanrights.org
265. youthforhumanrights.ru

With the exception of Narconon, the Foundation For a Drug Free World exists solely — like Scientology’s other “social betterment” groups – as a rented PO box linked to a website with a shopping cart. That’s it. This Foundation is an ankle-deep operation designed to generate PR for the Church and hopefully snag some grant money from unwary cops and teachers.