Source “PR Newswire”
Author John Peterson
Date July 19th, 19841
LOS ANGELES, July 19/PRN – Ronald DeWolf, the estranged, disinherited son of
bestselling author and Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, has paid $6,382.71 for legal
costs incurred during his unsuccessful 1982 attempt to take control of his father’s estate
for himself and Boston lawyer Michael Flynn, the church reported today.
While DeWolf’s allegations initially gained national media attention, the court threw out
his petition and ordered him to pay $4,723.97 in court costs for bringing the “groundless
case” to court. An additional $1,658.74 was charged and collected because DeWolf failed
to pay the initial costs promptly.
Church attorney John Peterson said that “Flynn and DeWolf toured the country with their
outrageous and scurrilous allegations which proved to be nothing more than attempts to
generate enough adverse publicity to influence the court and grab control of the estate.”
Peterson continued: “After hearing all of Flynn’s and DeWolf’s arguments, the judge not
only threw the case out of court as being completely without merit, but he also held Flynn
in contempt for violating court orders during the trial and ordered Flynn to pay a court
fine. Flynn’s client, DeWolf, not only lost his case, but had to pay costs as further
Peterson revealed that DeWolf made an offer to pay, following a Monday hearing in
Reno, Nev., during which a Nevada district court-appointed special master, Craig L.
Imara, stated he would authorize a motion to compel DeWolf to disclose all of his
personal and business financial records for the past five years.
According to Peterson, DeWolf had “dragged his feet from more than a year and claimed
he was unable to pay the court costs, saying that me was ‘destitute.’ Evidence, however,
had been uncovered that DeWolf had concealed more than $60,000 in cash and other
assets when he filed his then-third bankruptcy in April 1979.”
Contact – John Peterson for the Church of Scientology at 213-659-9965.
- Retrieved on September 22, 2014 from www.xenufrance.net/osa-so-called-press-releases-year-1984.pdf ↩