By JEFF MANGUM
Tribune Staff Writer
CLEARWATER — Church of Scientology President Heber C. Jentzsch renewed charges involving a forged $2 million check and a “conspiracy” by sect foe Michael Flynn during a Wednesday press conference.
Flynn, a Boston attorney, represents more than a dozen ex-Scientologists who gave sued the sect. In May 1982 Flynn coordinated highly-publicized city hearings on Scientology.
“Mr. Flynn was involved and is involved in acts that involve organized crime,” Jentzsch told reporters and 50 supporters on the steps of Clearwater City Hall.
“It’s pure horse manure,” Flynn said from Boston. “There’s not a germ of truth in any of it. The bottom line is you’ve got the Church of Scientology paying off some guy who’s sitting in an Italian prison.”
The allegation sterns from affidavits by brothers Ali and Akil Tamimi. Italian authorities are holding Ali Tamimi for extradition to the United States in connection with an unrelated fraud case. Akil resides in the United Arab Emirates. Ali Tamimi alleged that he met with Flynn in 1982 and agreed to cash a $2 million check on an account belonging to reclusive Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Jentzsch, flanked by California-based private investigator Gene Ingram, said the church hired Ingram, a non-Scientologist, to conduct its investigation with no preconceived notions about who was involved.
Ingram ran ads in the Boston Globe and other newspapers offering $100,000 for the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the forgery. Ali Tamimi stands to gain at least $25,000 of that reward, Ingram said. Jentzsch and Ingram were joined Wednesday by Henry Ferro, a Miami lawyer and president of the Florida Chapter of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.
“It’s not too late for the city of Clearwater to reverse its position,” Ferro said. They’re setting a bad precedent for America.”
- This document in PDF format. ↩
Author Sylvia Stanard
Date August 1st, 19841
WASHINGTON, July 31/PRN – House and Senate oversight committees are being asked
to investigate the refusal of Small Business Administration officials to probe allegations
that some investors in a new Washington restaurant may be connected to narcotics
trafficking, according to the Church of Scientology’s Washington attorney, Robert L.
Oswald said that the alleged drug connection was recently discovered during a probe into
an attempt to pass a counterfeit forged $2 million check against the personal account of
Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
Oswald said investigators obtained a signed declaration from a former employee of the
bank that said he had seen Kevin Flynn, an officer of General Business Management
Corp., in the high-security section of the Bank of New England in Boston, where checks
were allegedly stolen from Hubbard’s account for counterfeiting in 1982.
Oswald added that Flynn disappeared when the counterfeit attempt failed and resurfaced
a year later in Washington, seeking the SBA loan.
Oswald said that the investigation of the financing of the Washington restaurant –
Blossoms – led the investigators to:
– Paul Flynn, cousin of Kevin Flynn, who Oswald said is an imprisoned drug smuggler
who raised cash for Blossoms;
– Paul Flynn’s Florida attorney, Rex Ryland, who Oswald said was recently indicted in
U.S. District Court as the ringleader of a major drug-smuggling operation throughout the
– Two individuals who Oswald said invested in Blossoms and whom he described as
having close ties to narcotics smugglers in California and Florida.
– Michael Flynn, Kevin’s brother, who allegedly orchestrated the $2 million forged check
using Boston organized crime figures, according to sworn declarations – submitted last
week to a Los Angeles federal court, and now in federal hands – by those who worked
with him on the alleged conspiracy. – Alleged misrepresentations to the SBA – detailed in Los Angeles federal court affidavits
submitted by civil rights attorney Don Randolph last week – by Kevin Flynn’s Boston
attorney Tom Hoffman that Kevin Flynn was not a defendant in any suit.
Flynn was allegedly being sued in two separate cases in California and Boston for false
imprisonment and kidnapping.
“The investigators are seeking the assistance of congressional oversight committees after
SBA officials who were given information about the loan misrepresentations refused to
pursue the matter,” Oswald said.
According to the church attorney, the $2 million check forgery was attempted in 1982
and then used by Boston attorney Michael Flynn later that year to argue that Hubbard’s
estate was being mismanaged and should be seized by a Riverside court.
Flynn brought the probate suit in 1982, representing Hubbard’s estranged son, Ronald E.
DeWolf. Oswald noted that “the petition was thrown out of court a year later.”
Rev. Heber Jentzsch, president of the Church of Scientology International, said, “It will
take the full resources of the government to expose why the SBA granted a loan on
deliberate false information and why Kevin Flynn withheld the information that he paid
known kidnappers to terrorize people for their religious beliefs.
Contact – Robert L. Oswald at 202-293-3204, Nick Beltrante at 703-360-4848, or Sylvia
Stanard at 202-797-9828, all of the Church of Scientology.
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August 1, 1984
AN OPEN LETTER TO MAYOR KATHY KELLY
Dear Mayor Kelly,1
As representatives of a Church responsible for the infusion of over $10 million a year into the local economy which has the best drug rehabilitation program in the world, the best technology for the complete revitalization of an individual’s study capabilities, we are very worried about this City of which we are a part.
We are deeply concerned with the recent revelations concerning Michael Flynn’s alleged involvement with individuals involved in Boston’s organized crime areas.
What is staggering about these revelations is the fact that at the same time as Michael Flynn was employed by the City of Clearwater and being paid a total of $150,000 or more by the City, according to affidavits in the hands of Federal authorities, he was apparently involved in a $2 million check fraud scheme in Boston.
Sworn statements now on file with Federal authorities indicate that $40,000 was used by his co-conspirators in Boston to forward the $2 million check fraud scheme.
To what use did he put the money received from the City?
Was it used to advance his alleged conspiracy with the Boston underworld to pass forged checks on the Bank of New England?
Flynn is the author and the chief architect behind adoption of the anti-religious ordinances which have cost the City hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars.
Mr. Flynn’s cousin, Paul Flynn, who solicited moneys for Michael Flynn’s anti religion campaign, was recently interviewed in jail in Florida for drug smuggling.
Paul Flynn’s Florida attorney, Rex Ryland, has been recently indicted as the ring leader of a major national drug smuggling operation.
Recent evidence submitted in a court in California, shows Michael Flynn and his brother Kevin Flynn signing checks for thousands of dollars to known kidnappers who kidnapped religious people for profit.
Our concern is that Clearwater taxpayers monies have been used to fund alleged organized crime activities and to support the writing, creation and implementation of laws that are anti-religious at best and criminal at least. Therefore we recommend that the City demand return of the $150,000 or more of the taxpayer dollars contributed to Mr. Flynn’s criminal conspiracies.
That his anti-religion laws based on his personal and criminal avarice be completely abolished and any subsequent laws stricken from consideration.
That the $150,000 returned from Mr. Flynn (with interest) go to assist the citizens of Clearwater in diminishing their traffic problems on the causeway and Clearwater Beach.
We feel that the above actions will do much to remove the taint of Mr. Flynn’s criminally inspired laws and anti-religious campaign against all religions in Clearwater and the country.
Rev. Heber Jentzsch
Church of Scientology INternational
Public Affairs Director
Church of Scientology
International Religious Retreat
Scientologists Blame Mystery Forgery Try on Lawyer-Critic1
Church of Scientology officials Monday accused a Boston lawyer who has been a prominent critic of the organization of conspiring to pass a counterfeit $2-million check on the account of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and later blaming the forgery on members of the church as part of an “overall plan” to destroy the group.
The charges were made against attorney Michael Flynn in documents filed in Los Angeles federal court in connection, with a lawsuit filed by a Scientology member, Steve Miller, accusing the lawyer’s brother, Kevin Flynn, of kidnaping him three years ago and attempting to “deprogram” him.
Michael Flynn, who has filed 20 lawsuits against the Church of Scientology, angrily denied the charge and said it was a “typical” Scientology tactic to try to smear critics of the organization.
“There is not an ounce of truth in this story,” Michael Flynn said. “This is a conspiracy to frame me. It’s absurd; it’s a joke. I am not a forger. I’m going to file a criminal complaint against them for this. Somebody going to pay.”
The Rev. Heber C. Jentzsch, president of the Church of Scientology International, said the accusation against Michael Flynn was made after a two-year investigation into the mysterious forgery attempt in response to renewed claims by Flynn’s brother last week that the alleged crime had been carried out by “Scientology insiders” who had access to Hubbard’s personal financial records.
“We’re clean. We’ve cleaned out that whole house in the last seven years,” said Jentzsch, referring to past legal problems involving the organization, including FBI charges that the group had infiltrated government agencies and stolen government documents pertaining to the church. “They keep making the allegations about us, but we have the documents.”
Donald C. Randolph, a Los Angeles attorney representing Miller in the suit against Flynn’s brother, said the investigation into the Boston lawyer’s activities by the Church of Scientology focused on the testimony of two men who said they had conspired with Flynn to pass the counterfeit check.
The two men were identified as Ala Fadili Al Tamimi, a former resident of Boston currently in jail in Italy awaiting extradition to the United States in connection with another fraud case, and Tamimi’s brother, Akil, now a resident of Sharjeh in the United Arab Emirates.
Tamimi alleged in a declaration cited in the court records that he met with Flynn in early 1982 and was promised $400,000 to pass the check. He used his brother, Akil, to try to cash the counterfeit check in early 1982 at the Middle East Bank in New York, the declaration said.
Suspecting that something was wrong, officials of the bank raised questions about the check and it was not cashed. In previous court cases against the Church of Scientology, there have been references to the check and suggestions that the counterfeit attempt revealed a plot by Scientology officials to “loot” Hubbard’s personal bank accounts.
Hubbard has not been seen in public since 1980. In June, 1983, a Riverside Superior Court judge dismissed a suit by Hubbard’s estranged son that claimed his father was either dead or incompetent. A declaration signed by Hubbard introduced as evidence at that trial said that Hubbard was in seclusion by his own choosing. His estranged son, Ron DeWolf, had filed a probate petition.
In the documents filed Monday, Randolph said the DeWolf probate petition was based in part on Flynn’s accusations that the attempt to pass the $2-million counterfeit check had been made by church members.
“This type of accusation constitutes a classic example of the criminal accusing others of his own crime to divert attention from himself,” the affidavit said. “In essence, attorney Michael Flynn orchestrated a conspiracy to break the law, then utilized the thwarted attempt as false evidence in subsequent court proceedings.”
Flynn, reached by telephone in Boston, predicted that Randolph’s charges, contained in a motion to dismiss his brother’s previous claims of Church of Scientology harassment, would be dismissed by U.S. District Judge Francis C. Whelan.
The deprogramming case involving Flynn’s brother is in an early stage, with no trial date yet set. The private investigator who brought the charges against Flynn is Eugene M. Ingram, a former Los Angeles Police Department sergeant. Ingram was fired in 1981 from the LAPD on departmental charges of helping run a house of prostitution and protecting drug dealers. Criminal charges were dismissed the following year, however, for lack of evidence.