OSA Press Release (July 24, 1984)

Source  “PR Newswire”
Author  Heber Jentzsch
Date  July 24th, 19841

LOS ANGELES, July 24/PRN – Federal investigators are in possession of documentation
allegedly detailing a criminal conspiracy to loot the personal estate of best-selling author
and Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard with a counterfeit and forged $2 million check.

The  declaration  was  filed  in  a  Los  Angeles  federal  court  and  released  at  a  news
conference  today  by  noted  civil  rights  attorney  Donald  C.  Randolph,  the  Church  of
Scientology reported.

The check was then used in the sensational Riverside, Calif., probate case in an aborted
attempt to seize control of the legendary writer’s estate, the church said.

According  to  these  documented  eyewitness  accounts,  Randolph  told  the  U.S.  District
Court that Boston personal injury attorney Michael Flynn, long-time critic of the church,
secretly hired a forger to pass a counterfeit $2 million check against Hubbard’s account,
the church reported.

Randolph  charged  that  Flynn  then  used  his  own  felony  to  initiate  the  sensationalized
1982 probate case brought by Hubbard’s estranged son, Ronald E. DeWolf, to argue that
the best-selling author’s estate was in jeopardy and should be seized.

The  attempt,  failed,  however,  when  the  court  threw  Flynn’s  case  out  and  ordered
DeWolf,  a  50-year-old  Nevada  apartment  house  manager,  to  pay  all  costs.  Flynn  was
found  in  contempt  of  court  during  the  proceeding  for  violating  court  instructions,  the
church reported.

To  finance  his  attack,  according  to  Randolph,  Flynn  created  Flynn  Associates  and
Management Co. (FAMCO) and tried to sell shares on the promise that profit would be
made  by  capturing  Hubbard’s  estate  through  a  series  of  “frivolous  suits”  designed  to
generate  so  much  “adverse  publicity”  against  Scientoloy  and  Hubbard  that  the  church
would be forced to settle for millions of dollars, the church claimed.

The forgery and probate scheme, Randolph said, was but one part of the Flynn conspiracy
now in the hands of several federal agencies.

Randolph disclosed details of the check forgery scheme in papers filed in a suit brought
against Flynn’s brother, Kevin, and FAMCO in Central District Court for violating the civil
rights of Scientologist Steve Miller of Los Angeles. Flynn is an officer and director
of FAMCO.

Randolph said that after gaining access to the Bank of New England, where Hubbard had
an  account,  Flynn  illegally  obtained  sample  checks  and  then  hired  Ala  Tamimi  –  who
Randolph claimed was a known forger, living in Boston – to counterfeit and forge a $2
million check on Hubbard’s account at the Bank of New England in Boston.

Church attorneys also cited newspaper accounts describing the involvement of the same
Bank of New England in another $2 million forgery case where a contact inside the bank
made  confidential  information  available  to  a  disbarred  Boston-area  attorney  in  a  gem
fraud.

In a signed, fingerprinted and notarized declaration given in Italy and witnessed by his
attorney – now in the possession of federal prosecutors – Tamimi related how Flynn had
promised him $400,000 to pass the check and transfer the $2 million from the account of
the legendary writer to an overseas account that Flynn would later designate.

Tamimi  then  used  his  brother  Akil  to  try  and  cash  the  forged  check  in  New  York.
Randolph said that according to his own sworn statement, also in federal hands, Akil was
very nervous during his visit to the bank, failed to produce proper identification papers,
and  left  the  $2  million  check  at  the  bank,  saying  he  would  return  with  proper
identification the following day.

Flynn’s plot was thwarted, according to the Randolph affidavit, when Akil panicked and
failed to return. Meanwhile, Hubbard’s business managers learned about the check and
quickly alerted the bank to stop payment. Tamimi fled the country while his brother Akil
disappeared  into  Maine  with  the  help  of  one  of  Flynn’s  men,  according  to  the  filed
affidavit.

Randolph told the court that Flynn later used his own aborted plan to file the California
probate petition with DeWolf in 1982, when he tried to shift the blame for the crime to
Scientologists, claiming it proved that Hubbard’s estate should be seized by the court in
order to allegedly protect it from Scientologists.

Church of Scientology attorney John Peterson stated that a portion of the results of the
international inquiry were made available to Randolph and his client when Kevin Flynn
attacked the church in the Miller case.

According to Peterson, the affidavits “are but one small part of the evidence collected and
turned over to federal officials. We have eyewitnesses, documents and photographs that
leave not one shred of doubt.”

Peterson noted that the investigation of the criminal conspiracy to loot Hubbard’s estate
was  initiated  earlier  this  year  with  a  series  of  full-page  ads  in  a  number  of  national
newspapers,  including  the  New  York  Times,  the  Boston  Globe  and  the  Wall  Street
Journal,  offering  a  $100,000  reward  for  information  about  the  forged  check.  “Private
investigators operating in four countries from subsequent leads finally uncovered Flynn’s
conspiracy,” the church attorney said.

Peterson  added  that  Flynn  was  an  unknown  personal-injury  attorney  until  he  tapped
Hubbard’s popularity, and that he “had earlier demanded that the church pay him $1.6
million to stop suing the organization. When the church refused to pay, Flynn devised
and carried out the forgery plot and the probate petition to plunder Hubbard’s estate.

Contact – Heber Jentzsch of the Church of Scientology at 213-666-5570, or John Peterson
or Donald C. Randolph at 213-659-9965 and 213-474-6020, respectively, for the Church
of Scientology.

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